You just booked a private car with Access Global to attend a conference on leadership in business. You’re new to being a business leader, and you acknowledge you still have much to learn in this new world. Compassion is a value that you hold near to you, and you begin to wonder if it has any place in the world of business. We believe it does, and that’s why we’re offering some tips on how to be a caring leader in business.
Let’s get into it!
Love… In Business?
Many people would tell you that love has no place when it comes to business. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Love isn’t confined to romantic relationships or family. Instead, in order to be a more caring leader in business, you have to reevaluate your view on what it means to love.
Leaders, for whatever reason, have people who look up to them. People seek out their advice, knowledge, and perspective. It’s important to realize that these people have lives of their own. They have a wellspring of experience – far different than their own. As a leader, it’s your responsibility to understand these differences among people. By understanding someone, you can’t help but have love for them. And experts agree that “employees who feel love perform better.”
Seek Out Different Perspectives
Leaders are the ones who people turn to when they are seeking answers. With this comes the misconception that leaders are all-knowing humans. However, we are constantly changing – and good leaders know this to be true. Effective, caring leaders know that they don’t know it all.
Seeking out different perspectives helps leaders to cultivate care and understanding within them. They don’t solely seek answers from themselves, but they know many “answers” are held in the perspectives of others. By seeking out what others think and feel, leaders are acknowledging that they are part of a cycle of knowledge and truth. They don’t view themselves as more important or righteous than those they lead.
Over the years, leaders have gotten the reputation that they’re strong and aggressive – they hardly ever make big mistakes. A good leader knows that they’ve made mistakes, and instead of trying to hide them, they use them to their advantage. They learn from experiences that didn’t work out the way they had hoped.
Embracing mistakes allows leaders to grow without having an ego attached to them. They recognize their humanness and are aware this includes not getting it right 100 percent of the time. This mindset allows them to relate and understand others who have made mistakes. Instead of faulting people for their mistakes, they teach them how to learn and grow from them.
Offer a Safe Space
Leaders don’t have to be the loudest voice in the room to get their point across. Caring leaders know that aggressiveness has nothing to do with being a successful leader. They’re able to lead others towards their goals in a safe, calm environment.
Offering a safe space for others is a hallmark trait of caring leaders. They provide an environment that encourages authenticity and openness – where people are free to be themselves. By doing so, this safe space creates room for opportunity and creativity to flourish.
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