We are celebrating Valentine’s Day and love is in the air, or at least it should be.
I know, it might seem awkward to talk about love and leadership but hear me out. Love, as most of us know it, is an expression we reserve for family (this includes our beloved pets) and friends. We excitedly embrace the warm and fuzzy feelings these people bring. Why can’t we stir up warm emotions for our team and clients? Why wouldn’t we want them to feel that same kinship for us?
There are degrees of love. You can love one person more than others, you can experience romantic love or feel love for humanity- we all have so much love to give.
A humanitarian love in the workplace can influence your leadership. It fosters compassion, integrity, empathy and a host of other healthy emotions. When your colleague feel a sense of love from you or a supervisor, she/he is more likely to transport caring feelings to others on the team. Using your influence to soften the scene and transform the vibes in your office will undoubtedly affect the entire group.
Love changes things. It changes our hearts and minds. It ignites something within us. It helps us navigate through life, we are move effective communicators when love is present.
Demonstrating appreciation and reverence for each other teaches us how to connect with others, it elevates our emotional intelligence quotient. Working from this realm creates an inviting environment where people feel included, they want to belong. Employees want to contribute to organizations that fulfill more than just a financial need, people want to feel supported and valued. Love can be an easy fix.
Most of us have worked jobs that are just the opposite of what I’m describing. The negative air hits you the moment you walk in the door. People are crabby and unfocused, customers are easily angered and the sunshine can never find its way into the office. No one can produce well in environments like that.
Company’s that focus solely on their bottom line are missing a substantial point: They are hurting their bottom line.
In a Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, folks who are disengaged can end up costing business over $500 billion a year in lost productivity.
This love thing works: Gallup reports some additional benefits from initiating quality of life programs, the results are heartwarming.
How can you help your team gravitate towards more love:
Eye & Ear It
Look them in the eye while conversing, pay attention to people. Validate them by listening instead of checking your phone.
When you have time, inquire about an activity your co-worker is excited about. Check out the photos in her cubicle for great conversation starters.
Eat. Love. Play.
Bring lunch (or make homemade vegan cookies) for the team, ask to sit down together and break bread.
Always talk up. Elevate your group by always speaking positive about others. Show that you value your co-workers. This will help build trust and people will enjoy being around you.
Finally, Love Yourself more and more each day. Love begets love. Having a healthy level of self worth and confidence are cool, easy ways to express self love.
Raquel Eatmon is founder of Woman of Power Conference and ProjectHeard.com. She enjoys hiking and is a fan of cupcakes and breathing. RaquelEatmon.com Follow @RaquelEatmon Join the conference: TheWoPC.com