If you are working towards being a more compassionate leader in your business then, of course, one of the things you watch most closely is your own interaction with your employees and coworkers. This is much easier and more feasible for you to do since you can closely monitor your own actions and reactions, as well as see how the person you’re interacting with is responding to what you do.
But what Technalink strives to encourage is mindfulness, which is simply another form of awareness. Awareness is important, and in the world of business, the awareness of a compassionate leader is not just directed at how he or she directly interacts with employees, but how those employees interact with each other.
Dynamics Have Consequences
When employees have friendly, professional relationships with each other, this translates into trust, security, and productivity in the workplace. Obviously, when things are in a negative state, the opposite is true. Even if you are maintaining good relations with your employees, if there is friction between each other or even fear, this can, at best, mean tension in the working environment, which impacts productivity. At worst, it can mean a resignation or dismissal as people struggle not to get away from the job you are providing, but the people that are part of it.
A compassionate leader should try to be mindful of what the relationship dynamic is like in the workplace. For example, if the formerly cheerful and relaxed female employees are now avoiding a male employee, taking great care not to be alone with that employee, and actively trying to avoid engagements or late nights at the office with that employee, this could be a sign, perhaps even of sexual harassment. As a compassionate leader, it’s your obligation to prevent this kind of harmful dynamic from gaining a foothold in your workplace.
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