New Article Published: Rest in Leadership

My latest article, entitled “Rest is the Hidden Key to Successful Leadership” was just published in the Human Resource Management International Digest. In this article, I discuss an oft-forgotten topic of leadership: Rest. We seem to focus on everything a leaders does, rather than what a leader does not do. Very few leaders actually take all of their allotted vacation time. If they do, they typically work while on vacation. Most leaders seem to be glued to their smartphones almost 24 hours per day. And we praise them for their dedication to the organization when they do this.

Our ambition drives our work-ethic, sometimes to the brink of burnout and personal-life catastrophes. Is that healthy long-term? Perhaps organizations need to mandate rest for their leaders, and my article proposes some practical solutions on how to do this (i.e. mandate “no smart-phone” access between midnight and 6am, enforce “no contact” practices while employees are on vacation etc.).

Even Michael Jordan required rest to maintain his top form. He averaged 38 minutes per game in his career, meaning he rested for an average of ten minutes per game. Perhaps we should consider rest as essential to our own leadership, to keep ourselves and our followers in top form.

You can check out my article here.


About Tim Vanderpyl
I am a student of leadership and human resources, and I'm blogging to share some of my thoughts and ideas with readers. I'm a CHRP (Certified Human Resource Professional) at a large healthcare organization, a graduate of Regent University's Doctor of Strategic Leadership program, and lover of the life that God has gifted me with.

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