“The best-kept secret of successful leaders is love: staying in love with leading, with the people who do the work, with what their organizations produce, and with those who honor the organization by using their work.”
(Kouzes & amp; Posner: 2002, p.399)
People are looking to thrive not just survive. Though you may get their body to show up, if you don’t have their heart, they are likely to sabotage your efforts one way or the other.
If worker absenteeism, lack of purpose, lack of autonomy or little opportunity for personal development are characteristics of your organization, brace yourself for a change.
People give their best to those who they love and trust, not who they fear. One of the most common reasons cited for leaving a company is poor relationship with the boss. One of the most common reasons for staying with a company is a good relationship with the boss.
Relationship matters. A “Heartless Mind” is no way to lead. Strategy with no heart will be fatal and is too often based in fear and “survival” instead of flourishing. Soft skills are actually the foundation for a healthy and profitable company. Disrespect for so called, “soft skills” is one blind spot that really needs to be uncovered if you want to thrive in this new century. While the heart is not more important, or the head less important. The focus must be on collaborative partnership. When there is integrity “integration” the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Leadership is not just an affair of the head. Leadership is also an affair of the heart.