"It all comes down to caring. If you don't love, you don't care, and if you don't care, you won't make the time to unite, communicate, encourage, connect, commit, serve, or sacrifice. Positive leaders care about the people they lead. They care about their team and organization. They care about changing the world because they know the world needs changing. Because they care, they do more, give more, encourage more, help more, guide more, mentor more, develop more, build more, and ultimately accomplish more.
"Cultivating identification with others at work in ways that will fuel empathy and compassion requires being available, both physically and psychologically. Availability becomes real in organizations through simple gestures such as keeping one's door open, arriving early for a meeting, holding online office hours for distributed teams, or lingering in a kitchen or break room to be around others.
- "Before group discussions, give people 2-3 minutes to jot down their thoughts
- In online meetings, encourage responses in the chat box
- Break the team into pairs or small groups to discuss issues and report back to the larger group. This can be done both live and online
- Build in moments of silence for introverts to reflect
- Put a question out to the group, and allow each person 2 minutes to give an opinion on the topic
"In the days of Glassdoor, Twitter, and other fast-moving social media, reputations build quickly and can be hard to change. We've seen seemingly minor missteps torpedo careers. It's a lot easier to avoid these behaviors than having to clean up your reputation after. Among the top missteps to avoid:
Dr. Emily Buck, Co-Director of the OSU Leadership Center and professor at Ohio State, says that her best leadership advice is “be willing to continue to learn from those around you”.
Buck has been fortunate to experience this kind of positive mentorship on a personal level throughout her professional journey through her friend and mentor Kris Boone, director of Ohio State ATI.
- “Assess individual strengths and behavioral preferences
- Select members using a plan to complement strengths and fill gaps to achieve balance and synergy
- Develop a charter, define roles, and align on the most important goals and rewards
- Proactively create an environment in which teammates can learn about each other personally to better understand their formative life experiences, what drives them, and ultimately build trust
- Establish a cadence of team training that incorporates real-world and mission critical challenges and obstacles
- "Individuals talk openly about their strengths and their weaknesses.
- People offer both support and challenge in meetings, clarifying intention and asking questions without appearing judgmental.
- People know more about each other than just their names.
- There are references to people's lives outside the workplace (images, artwork, etc.).
- People seem to assume positive intent with one another.
- Competition is focused on winning in the market or against the competition rather than internally.
“Build skill in perceptive engagement, the capacity to take another person’s perspective and discern what would be helpful.
Do ethical leaders influence their employees’ attitudes and behaviors? The answer is a resounding yes. Being an ethical leader is an important end in itself because it is simply the right thing to do to try to live in accordance with one’s values. But it also has tangible benefits for both employees and leaders. Research demonstrates that when employees view their leader as ethical, they are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and report greater commitment to their organization. Employees are also more likely to view their work as important and meaningful.
"The first way that gratitude makes us resilient is that it keeps us hopeful. Gratitude is a game of contrasts. Our circumstances look a certain way; then something happens to improve them. Gratitude happens when we take notice of the distance between the two. Suddenly, we have something to be thankful for. That process teaches us something critical about life. While our circumstances might be bad, they can also get better. And our stories prove it to us again and again. Gratitude keeps us positive, optimistic, and able to keep coming back for more when life throws obstacles in our way.