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Monica Wofford, CSP, is a professional speaker and CEO of Contagious Companies, a training and consulting firm that develops better leaders and trains managers how to become better leaders.

Danger! Danger! Are you doing these three things? Isn’t it time you gave yourself permission to do them?

Happy Labor Day in the United States! For many leaders, today is a holiday, but do you really ever take time off from thinking about your role, your work, and your team? If not, these three skills need your immediate attention.

Walk Away

If only for a moment, every leader needs to walk away from the task at hand, the job for a day, and the day to day role you play. Walk away and get some perspective. Take a day off and refresh your mind. Build your creativity by doing something new. Do something other than work so the work issues keeping you up at night have time to process in the brain. This skill is hard to put into practice at first, but important for your long term leadership success and energy.

Focus

Gary Keller has the right idea in his book The One Thing, but are you able to focus on one book long enough to get the message? Stop trying to do it all at once. Stop trying to fit it all in. Stop bragging about how busy you are and find those items most important to you right now, that when you do them, “will make many other things unimportant or completely uneccessary”.

Lead at Home

We talk a lot about work and yet, every leadership skill for the workplace also applies at home. We put forth the effort to read people, communicate better, and understand the needs of our employees, but do we do the same at home with our families? Does it take up all of our energy to do these things at work and when we get home we’re just tired? Isn’t how you feel at home what’s going to propel you to greater success at work?

Enjoy your vacation day today. In fact, consider walking away from the phone, shutting down the email, and disconnecting today. As a leader you may say “no way!” is this possible, but if you’ll make the effort, you’ll find the exercise not only helpful, but profitable when you actually come back to work refreshed.

I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment. Have a great week, an even better Monday, and of course, stay contagious!

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