Compassionate and soulful leadership is becoming more of a trend in the workplace, taking over where control left off. At Technalink, we know the many benefits of embracing compassion rather than control in spiritual management, and how these benefits extend to all corners of your business. In order to see how compassion works better than control in the workplace, one must do one very important compassionate act themselves – look inward and be willing to put yourself in another person’s shoes.
Imagine you’ve made a mistake in your job, and by no conscious fault of your own, you’ve set yourself behind. You’re already feeling down about the mistake, you’re stressed about how you’re going to fix it, and you’re trying to come up with a workable solution that will allow the mistake to be fixed with the least possible time and resources lost. Then, on top of these feelings you’re already feeling, your manager reprimands you for the mistake. How do you feel? In most cases, your frustration and stress levels have compounded, and what was already a difficult situation has been made more so in seconds. Now, with this added stress, trying to come up with a solution is more difficult, and whatever lesson was to be taught by the reprimanding is lost in the process of trying to get the problem fixed.
When stress compounds on stress, employees and team members are left in a mindset that gets little accomplished. By this fact alone, one can easily begin to see how a control approach to management can be counterproductive, as you’re allowing for less to be done and more hurdles to be crossed on the path to an end goal.
Looking at the same scenario, imagine if compassionate leadership was utilized over a control style of management. The mistake is made, and rather than being reprimanded for it, you’re reached out to and helped with solutions that can solve the problem. Rather than feeling compounding stress, you’re feeling relief and a clearer mind, which then allows you to more easily brainstorm other solutions that can fix the problem faster or more clearly. You’re open to sharing your ideas for a solution, and you’re back on track in a fashion that lets you get on with your goals.
Compassionate leadership creates a workplace environment that helps employees to thrive, rather than survive, and gives them a way to flourish professionally and personally. Rather than being counterproductive and instilling more stress while lowering workplace morale, your business is turned into a space that breeds innovation and creation with a team of people who want to see it succeed.
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