26 Feb Conscientious Leadership, Doing the Right Thing for Your Employees
According to dictionary.com the definition of being conscientious is governed by conscience; controlled by or done according to one’s inner sense of what is right; principled. In other words, doing the right thing.
Conscientious Leadership is about changing the way you manage, from the way you treat your employees, your clients/customers and creating a culture in your company that emphasizes creativity, curiosity, kindness and increased productivity. Studies have shown that happier employees are more productive at work and increasing the bottom line.
First it’s important to address the belief system of the leadership and the employees. According to the book, 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, leaders currently have to constantly ratchet up fear and anxiety to raise productivity. They then use increased financial incentives to keep employees on board, create short-term results, create a culture of distrust, cynicism and negative long-term results. Stressed out, anxious and fearful employees are counter productive to achieving success.
When you look at the best companies to work for, they are collaborative and encourage a culture of learning, curiosity and they create the environment for achieving the state of “Flow” also known as the “Zone”. Flow mind-set allows you to focus on the end result, block out distractions and overcome obstacles in order to create enduring success.
When you work in a fear based, scarcity minded environment, how much energy is available to go into achieving “Flow” mindset? For those of you who play sports, an instrument, sing, or are artistic know what I am talking about. When you reach this state, it’s almost like time stands still, you are really creative, relaxed and you enjoy yourself.
Here are some statements that reflect the mindset of the state of “Flow”:
I trust that everything is going in the right direction.
I trust in my employees or peers to get the job done.
I enjoy my time at work and enjoy what you do.
The environment at work is a place where I can easily get into the state of Flow and I can be really creative.
I feel safe expressing my ideas.
I have a community at work that values teamwork and everyone looks out for one another.
Even though everyone is different and we all have different ideas and opinions, there is room for everyone to share ideas and builds each other up.
When your work environment reflects these ideals, you will be very surprised at how happy everyone is and how they will go the extra mile for you. There will be more drive, creativity, engaged and motivated employees, less sick days, more productivity and greater retention. It’s not only about doing the right thing, it will add to your bottom line significantly!
Lisa Schermerhorn is an executive coach who helps remarkable people live extraordinary lives. She uses cutting edge tools to make changes quickly and releases blocks that allow you to live your best life. She is also passionate about corporate culture and she helps companies create the best environment for their employees to be productive, happy and inspired. www.lisaschermerhorncoaching.com firstname.lastname@example.org