In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Daniel Im are joined by Kailey Black, the Content Specialist for Lifeway Leadership. During this conversation, they discuss how to handle maternity leave and answer the following questions:
- How did you prepare yourself for leave?
- How did you set up your team for success in your absence?
- How did you establish boundaries for time away?
- How did you prepare to return?
- What did you learn upon returning?
“The first thing you need to do is educate yourself on the policies and procedures.”
“Your local chamber of commerce is a wealth of information and you should really think about joining it.”
“Start the search for child care early.”
“To help prepare your team well think through what you do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.”
“Having checklists in place helps a seamless transition take place during periods of leave.”
“We all need to work on becoming less of a doer and more of a developer”
“You can’t give your ministry away if it all relies on your and it is all in your head.”
“Make sure to let everyone knows beforehand that your extended leave is coming and who to contact in your place.”
“I didn’t think about work until about 2 weeks before I returned.”
“Your team doesn’t have things they can take of their plates to do your tasks while your away so offer them grace when you return.”
“Give your team grace and give yourself grace as you are getting settled back in.”
“When I go to work, I want to be fully invested in my work. When I go home, I want to be fully invested in my home.”
“Life happens and there are always moments of temporary succession.”
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande