Kindness is extremely hard to implement in the world we live in today because according to popular belief, kindness is weakness…
However, in the workplace, kindness is essential to leadership success.
Furthermore, genuine acts of kindness in the workplace don’t go unnoticed as people tend to pay it forward.
Indeed, most people who have been through fire in their personal and professional life appreciate serenity and kindness. They would try everything to maintain their self-worth and peace of mind.
Wondering how to develop kindness in the workplace?
Benefits Of Kindness in Leadership
Kind leaders act with the best interest and on behalf of their team and organization. They are authentic, humble, have high morals and a sense of decency.
In kind organization, leaders believe that the people are the heart of the organization.
Furthermore, leaders are able to increase engagement and empower team members who gradually grow in confidence.
In addition, being kind doesn’t mean that you are soft, a pushover, that you are avoiding conflict, that you lack boundaries, that you are people pleasing or that you have to put up with bad behavior.
It means that you take time to listen and understand the people around you before acting or making a decision. It also means that you analyze the consequences of your decisions.
1. Kind leaders are kind to themselves
Kind leaders are firstly kind to themselves and the people closest to them.
They celebrate their own success, forgive themselves when they make mistakes and set clear boundaries.Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. - Lao Tzu Click To Tweet
2. Kind leaders use the Golden Rule
The best and strongest leaders put people first and treat their team with kindness.
They acknowledge people, show respect and demonstrate that they care. They simply treat people the way they want to be treated. They understand that they can get more things done, they have to treat people like people.
For example, they have face to face conversations and ask people how they are doing. They can be generous with their time and actively listen to people.
3. Kind leaders set clear expectations
They let people know what needs to be done to avoid miscommunication, misinterpretation, misdirections.
They don’t give out false objectives and avoid sending their team members on a wild goose chase. They celebrate their success and the success of others..
Team members will then commit to their work and reach their goals.
4. Kind leaders tell the truth
Telling the truth encourages growth within the team and builds up the leader’s credibility and respect.
They understand that the truth comes with consequences but they also want the best out of their teams so they overpass their need for self-preservation or self-interest.
They place people in the right positions and give honest feedback to help people perform at their best.
5. Kind leaders agree to disagree
A difference in opinion doesn’t dictate their character.
They have great communication skills and can handle tough conversations.
They don’t ostracize or belittle people who don’t like them.
6. Kind leaders believe in equality and equity
They treat everyone equally, regardless of their personal bias, stereotypes, personality, character and performance.
They are culturally sensitive and advocate for inclusion.
7. Kind leaders create a safe environment
Kind workplaces increase productivity and improve the company culture.
Leaders understand that employees need to feel safe in order to be productive.
Unkind leaders instill fear and use their power and position to make their employees comply. Employees feel unsafe and tend to quit their jobs or resort to the same bad behavior to survive.
Last Words Of Advice!
What of being kind requires too much time and effort that I don’t have? Kindness is a long term investment that requires authenticity, strength and courage.
There are some people who will create chaos, use fear and anger as a management, and try to discourage you from being kind.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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