By Anik Desjardins, CHRP, ACC, certified coach
Can love have a place in leadership? Many believe that these two words cannot co-exist. Too risky, too strong, too promiscuous, not professional, not timely. We believe that to be a manager, we must maintain an emotional distance from our employees to make good decisions and to manage effectively. Experience has shown me otherwise.
For example, I've seen that in the most effective teams I've worked with, people love each other, challenge their ideas with kindness, and tell the real things, which allows them to be very team-oriented and achieve their business objectives. I loved my teams and my collaborators when I was a manager. I often feel this same love for my colleagues and collaborators today as a coach. Has it stopped me from making tough decisions throughout my career, having courageous conversations, managing performance, and naming my expectations and goals? Absolutely not. I even believe that it has often made me discern and communicate in a more appropriate way.
How does it translate for me to be a leader who allows himself love for his team?
The love of our team and our organization allows us to take collaboration to a new level. I had the chance to experience it in different contexts. And to feel the impact of others on me, and mine on others. My employees who felt loved and appreciated tended to go the extra mile in all projects. And to collaborate in a fluid and committed way.
For you, what can it look like to allow you to love your employees and your colleagues? What are your brakes? Are you afraid that it will prevent you from managing properly, being efficient or making the necessary decisions? Is this really the case? How can loving your collaborators and employees be a lever to mobilize, retain and achieve your goals?
I take this opportunity to thank my golden colleagues at o2Coaching! We often share our love to one another, we talk about our development, we ask for feedback and we challenge each other. They still show me every day that we can create a climate of performance by taking care of each other. By texting “good meeting, good week, good day” on mornings, by being present, we nourish our daily pleasure in collaborating and our desire to succeed as a team. I am convinced that allowing you to love your employees and collaborators generates performance and retention in your team. And that's what we want these days, isn't it!
Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team. Your information will not be shared.
Book your place in our Unique Strategic Contribution Webinar with Cloé Caron by filling this form. Our team will reach out to you to complete the transaction.