Great Leaders Take Vacations

Bill Gallagher

Do you ever feel like you’re working too hard? Working too hard makes us feel stressed and tired, impacts our personal relationships, and even results in weak teams and weak companies. And oftentimes, the harder you work, the more you are keeping your team from leveling up.


Bill once coached a large company with a Superman CEO that was setting a horrible example for his team with long working hours, midnight emails, micromanaging, and constant chaos mode. Another team he coached was led by a very intense CEO who worked out constantly, worked long hours every day, and set the example of intense focus on work at all hours of the day and night.


That might produce some results, but it comes at a cost to your personal well-being and the well-being of your team. People get micromanaged when you work too hard, but great leaders know how to build strong teams of capable leaders without pushing everyone to the brink of burnout.


If you’re working too hard, that might mean it’s time for a vacation. Step away from the office, take time away from your team, and challenge yourself to pass the baton. Make sure you know when it’s time to lean in and work harder, and when it’s time to step back so someone else can step up.



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Scaling Up is the best-selling book by Verne Harnish and our team for Scaling Up Coaches (formerly Gazelles). We share how the fastest-growing companies succeed where so many others fail.


Bill Gallagher, Scaling Coach and host of the show, is an international business coach who works with C-Suite leaders to achieve breakthrough growth.


We help leadership teams with the biggest decisions around People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash so that they can Scale Up successfully and beat the odds of business growth. Scaling Up is based on Verne’s original best-selling business book, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits.


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