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Yash Gupta
Business School Dean

Yash Gupta

Yash Gupta is Professor and Dean of The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Effectiveness, Not Exhaustion

Without question, we all need time to refresh our minds and recharge our batteries. Leaders need to free themselves periodically from work and associated stresses. Concomitantly, today's business issues and economic climate deserve and demand the continual attention of our leaders. Therefore, leaders must create organizational cultures that enable their organization to work productively, whether or not they are present at work. Leaders must be able to delegate, entrust, and empower so that a vacuum is not created even in their absence.

Effective leaders must build cultures of trust and empowerment strong enough that that the organizations they lead would survive in any eventuality. Consequently, they must hire people capable of making effective decisions when they are not present.

No leader is too important to take a vacation. Foregoing a vacation is not a good option because this signals employees that the leader is overly controlling - and may make them reluctant to take vacations themselves. In the long run, exhaustion from overwork will lessen a leader's effectiveness.

Leaders should not call in too often while on vacation because that becomes disruptive. However, given the realities of business today, they should put aside finite periods of time while on vacation to be available for important matters--preferably by email, as phone calls can be far more intrusive.

By Yash Gupta

 |  August 11, 2009; 12:31 PM ET
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Absent, not on vacation. A long story. Part Two in a bit.

Posted by: Dermitt | August 12, 2009 8:31 AM
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I agree with your thoughts on the need for a vacation. I'm just curious why all of the panel members on this topic are male. Are all the women writers too busy to even think about vacations?

Posted by: acozegovic | August 11, 2009 5:24 PM
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