I remember watching Simon Sinek’s TED talk on leaders who create safety a few years ago, in which he asks what it would take to be able to talk about love and leadership in the same sentence. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here.
The answer, it turned out, was being willing to bring the subject up.
More and more people are waking up to the need for greater connection, humanity, love in the way we work with each other.
A good proportion of our clients are large, male dominated, engineering/ops-focused businesses; these are not fluffy, cuddly, talk-in-intangibles kind of places. And yet many are willing to explore how to bring more love into the way they lead their people, the way they connect to customers, the way they work across departments, as they see the impact it has not just on productivity, but on how happy they feel.
So if you're ready here are some a few ideas for how you can up the level of love in your work life:
‘Would you treat another person in the way you treat yourself?’ We are often our own harshest critic, applying pressures and standards to ourselves that we would never expect of others. Accept yourself, perfect as you are right now, fabulous and fallible. We are all a work in progress so love where you are at in this moment.
Extend love to others
When you’re in a meeting, in a coffee queue conversation, a conference call, really be there. Turn up fully and listen intently to what others have to say. Giving people attention is extending them love. You'll be amazed at the results!
Love what you do
Reconnect with your purpose. Why did you decide to work where you do. What drew you to dedicate a chunk of your life to this cause, to apply your skills to their vision? Reinvigorate your reason for being.
We are going to explore Leading by Heart at our next Breakfast of Change, why not come and join us?