Being Kind As a Leader

Posted On: November 28

When you use the word “leader,” many people conjure up a vision of someone aloof, stern, and focused on numbers. That sort of behavior does not work in the real world. What does work? Kindness. Being kind as a leader is essential for building solid relationships with others and creating a positive work environment. Kindness in leadership can manifest itself in various ways, such as being empathetic, providing support, recognizing accomplishments, and fostering collaboration. 

Here Are Four Reasons Why Being Kind Is Crucial for Leaders:

1. Kindness has a direct impact on the morale and motivation of employees. 

It creates a positive culture where people feel valued, supported, and respected. When employees feel genuinely appreciated, they are more likely to be productive and motivated. Kind leaders make time to praise their people and celebrate wins, both big and small. 

2. Kind leaders foster a culture of cooperation and teamwork. 

They understand that everyone has unique skills and strengths and that working together leads to better outcomes. Kind leaders encourage open communication and collaboration, creating a more harmonious work environment. Leaders who exemplify kindness make it safe for people to speak with candor. They build a culture of psychological safety. 

3. Kind leaders develop strong relationships with their employees, which leads to increased team member engagement and loyalty.

 Employees who feel connected to their leaders are more committed to the organization and its goals. The most significant factor in retaining top talent is that they work for a leader they trust, respect, and admire. 

4. Kind leaders set a positive example for others to follow. 

Their kindness and positive attitude towards others trickle down and influence people across the business to adopt the same behaviors. This creates a virtuous cycle of kindness that benefits the entire organization. They also understand the importance of “symbol management.” Doing little things that exemplify the values of the organization. Picking up a piece of paper in the parking lot. Answering the phone in under three rings. Responding quickly to important emails. They show people how they should treat each other and the customer through their actions. 

I am happy to see that words like kindness, love, and vulnerability are being used to describe the characteristics of great leaders. These are the things that people want from their leaders. Some so-called “leaders” think these attributes show weakness. It’s just the opposite. It is a sign of courage. The courage to be authentic.

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