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The Myth of More: How Rest and Renewal Can Be the Best Gift This Season

How do you look at downtime?

We are squarely into the holiday season. As we approach the final days before your school starts to look at taking a break, it’s important to look at one of the most underutilized tools that leaders have.

This is a hectic time of year, and people are looking forward to a little downtime. As a school leader,

do you look at downtime as a welcomed asset or as an interruption to the productivity of your school?

There are 2 levels on which leaders should be aware of the impact of downtime. The first is your own rest and renewal. The second is the rest and renewal of the people you are leading. This is particularly true for managers who report to you.

Don't believe the myth

There’s a common cultural myth that “successful leaders” are the ones who do more. The myth is supported by the mistaken idea that longer hours, less vacation, more interruptions, and less rest makes us better leaders. When more is expected, we tend to sacrifice our own opportunity for recovery because we have a mindset that tells us just do more. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the research shows very clearly that this mindset of go-go-go and do-do-do is actually more destructive than productive. 

So, why is it that we hold this expectation that "more" is better?

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