Do you need to change the way you lead?
It is becoming clear creating an environment where your employees are allowed and encouraged to be happy is going to be the competitive advantage for businesses in this new paradigm for leadership. If not adopted then you may need to change the way you lead.
Any business or organisation that might unwittingly be on a leadership crash course needs to be aware of the research led by Professor Andrew Oswald of Warwick University, which demonstrated a definite causal link between productivity, work and human happiness. Reporting on the work of Oswald, the Daily Mail published an article about the report which quoted Professor Oswald as saying ‘Companies like Google have invested more in employee support and employee satisfaction has risen as a result. For Google, it rose by 37%, they know what they are talking about. Under scientifically controlled conditions, making workers happier really pays off”.
Further research by Professor Satya Paul, of the University of Western Australia, concluded that “happy people are more active, more productive and get less upset by the work,’’. Significantly he found happy people also earned more.
It’s a global phenomenon, and a worldwide awakening, which has been marked by the United Nations when they introduced the International Day of Happiness on the 20th March each year. The indications are heartening, and anyone who may be on a leadership crash course can learn from this emerging information.
Strategies to create a happier environment at work
A while ago, I was delighted to share my interview with David K Williams of Fishbowl who has for many years used core behavioural values to develop his team. I had no doubt his method helped his people be happier at work. The behaviours are encompassed in his book, The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning.
In my article, Happiness At Work is Vital, and what you can do, I share some simple strategies you can adopt as a leader and employer to create an environment which fosters happiness. My tips don’t go as far as David Williams’s methodology. But they can be quick wins to immediately help raise the vibration of your organisation.
If you are a leader, the single most transformational action you can take is to create an environment whereby your employees feel good about who they are and what they are doing.
When you need to change the way you lead
Unfortunately, some leaders, both at the world and business level, are simply on a crash course to failure. The paradigm they are working in is out of date. The problem is unless a leader can recognise how bad it is, little is going to change.
Here is a checklist of situations which if present in your country, organisation or business, are wake-up calls. They are calling you as a leader to change the way you lead
- There is a “them and us” attitude.
- Your organisation or political ethos is that employees ought to be grateful for a job
- Culturally it’s ok to blame individuals or teams for what goes wrong.
- You never ask your people what they think. Your people are scared to speak up.
- You think you know better
- There is a culture of complaining and negativity
- There is a “businesslike” culture which squeezes out basic caring of people in the organisation and beyond
- Values will be breached if the profit margin is threatened.
- Policies and procedures do not take into account that people have lives
- Employees are not encouraged to learn and grow
An inconvenient truth?
Sometimes it can be an inconvenient truth to look within and see that even one of these statements is true. But if you are brave enough, then all it needs is some self-forgiveness and a determination to get on the right track.