As a female boss who dominates our sectors and industries, when do we stop and hit the reset and re-calibrate button on our lives? Many of us know how to turn up, but do we equally know how to wind-down and unplug when needed? If we don’t have these moments how does this impede our impact?
Taking a break from your boss life to treat yourself to a relaxing vacation where you and other female bosses can celebrate, collaborate, slay and socialize while drinking wine by the beach or pool sounds amazing, right?Unfortunately, many of us as fabulous female leaders will never know the true benefit of taking advantage of this type of experience.
Imagine the itinerary is yours to personalize. There will be dinners, mixers, boat parties and relaxing spa days where you girl bosses can recharge, regroup and prepare to take your careers to the next level together. What are the benefits of being in this female boss space, you ask? Well it’s simple, you’ll leave with a renewed sense of self, a refreshed vibe and stronger friendships that will last a lifetime. Here are my top four reasons to take a rejuvenating retreat to reset are so essential to leading a well balanced lifestyle.
High Demands at Work Require Intense Unplugging
As a leader in your organization, you likely experience higher driven demands, outcomes and expectations. This requires equally high types of winding down. To be ideal workers people must choose over and over again and prioritize their jobs ahead of other parts of their lives. Whether that be their roles as parents, spiritual servants or even health needs. We all know as female bosses that there is pres sue to be ideal, but how necessary is it for you as individual to meet those high-driven demands? At what cost?
Leaders Need More Creativity and Focus
Achieving your mission depends on the quality of your vision, clarity, and creativity. Creative, although always at the heart of business, hasn’t been at the top of the management agenda. For leaders, creativity and focus within an organization to achieve high-peak performance depends on vibrant, ongoing collaboration and the flow of free ideas. For independent female bosses, regular retreats and rejuvenation rest periods tend to dry up as a business grows. A leader’s job is to map out the stages and phases of innovation recognizing the variety of processes, skills, and technology that each requires. this can be accomplished with utilizing downtime.
High Stress Reduces Success
Stress reduces your capacity to be energized and engaged in your own life. This includes less balance with loved ones in addition to work. Let’s face it, stress is part of life. There are challenges to overcome, deadlines to meet, and requirements to fulfill. Without opportunities for rest and relaxation, stress symptoms go unresolved. It can consume your time not only because of its long-term effects, but also the decrease in personal productivity. Work life balance will surely help the female boss balance responsibility and enjoyment.
You Know Your Job But Not Your Inner Strength
You know your job on an intellectual, technical and practical level. However, it’s also important to focus on your inner strengths, interpersonal and core leadership skills. Recognizing these values can only come from taking time away from and silencing the noise and chatter. Often the emphasis in leadership is placed on external factors such as fitness or acquiring skills, but none of those will get you where you want to go without the support of a strong inner core. When you are purposed and intentional in doing your best, that’s where you will meet your inner strength. The key to building success outside of just knowing your job comes from knowing yourself as well, which requires taking the time to disconnect from the outer world.
If taking time away for self is so crucial to the wellness of the female boss, why don’t more leaders take advantage? It’s largely due to the fact that unplugging means that you actually have to leave your job, role and subsequent duties for that period of time. Retreats for the female boss require you to disconnect and become unreachable. That is the hardest task for many. One way to tackle this reservation and reduce anxiety is to plan ahead and make a to do list for when your return. Retreating, rejuvenation and relaxation for female bosses is so critical to stay motivated, scale your business and breakthrough your own limitations.