Heart and Leadership – What is the Connection?

As a colleague of Nan’s, I sometimes post about titleless leaders. This week an article caught my attention, in Fast Company: Why You Need To Lead With Your Heart.

Words like kindness and compassion are generally thought of as ‘no no’s’ in today’s workplace. But they are essential qualities of a  titleless leader. They encourage natural followership and workplace results. Not quite sure? Ask yourself who you would rather follow, a person who is considerate or someone who sends those scud missle emails to the whole world at 2 am? Hmm…

Ok you say, what is it for me? A recent Gallup Study confirms “…people feel worse about their work, bosses and organizations than ever before, they reveal a remarkable 71 percent of American workers are either not engaged in their jobs–or have become actively disengaged. Clearly, all this discontent is bad for business. Gallup estimates that it’s costing $300 billion in lost productivity every year.” This is a huge issue for American businesses. This is where titleless leaders step in.

Want to be part of the solution? Here are 3 actions to consider doing at work:

  • Pretend your kids (or someone else’s) are watching.
  • Give a daily boost to your immune system
  • Pay attention to how

Learn more in an excerpt from The TItleless Leader – How to Get Things Done When You’re Not in Charge and in Mark C. Crowley’s article in Fast Company – Why You Need to Lead With Your Heart

What does leading with a compassionate heart look like in the real-world where you work? Share your experiences. We’d love to hear.

Let us be kind to one another, for most of us are
fighting a hard battle.” ~
Ian MacLaren