How getting away from your desk can make you a better leader
Contributed by Jan Bednar , CEO and founder of ShipMonk.
Many business leaders pride themselves on perpetuating the “workaholic” lifestyle. They assume that an always-on, always-available mentality is a prerequisite for success, so they slog through 80-hour workweeks and glue their eyes to their desks, laptops and cellphones.
I take a different leadership approach. Instead of constantly immersing myself in work, I try to take several breaks every day, limit my availability for meetings and make time to travel. This allows me to get in much-needed rest and relaxation. More importantly, it helps me become a better leader and more innovative entrepreneur.
When I unplug from the minutiae of daily business, I develop fresh ideas and perspectives.