We've all seen those business themed films that showcase the stern, semi-rude and straightforward boss whose cutting edge ideas and strict demeanor always seem to get the job done without fail. Their employees tip-toe around them all day, as to not anger the beast and upset the energy of the office (which isn't a positive atmosphere to begin with). What those movies fail to give the viewers insight on is the future. The future of an office like that is nowhere near as bright as the twinkle in eye of the angry CEO in the corner office. Frustration, unnecessarily edgy responses, and an over-bearing approach toward projects make for a phenomenal dictator, but a terrible boss. These traits, which appear to be sought after by most young professionals trying to appeal to the executive crowd, are obsolete and cause pivotal work relationships to be damaged beyond repair. They kill retention and create a counterproductive brand image.
The antithesis of such a place/atmosphere is, you guessed it, kindness. Kindness in the workplace is king. A kind and caring approach to team leadership cultivates the necessary energy for forging long term healthy relationships and really bring the best out of people. Everyone wants to help a kind hard working person accomplish things, and we can all attest that having a leadership team that walked in this principal would be no less than a gift from the heavens. It's very scarce, and because of that it's greatly appreciate when present.
Kindness pulls on people to not only build bridges to you in attempt to connect on a deeper level, but it convinces them without words to assist you in your own bridge building process. You'll find people becoming not only willing to share resources, but eager to find out what they can do to help. They speak highly of you and your leadership style when you're not present, and lead others to your well to drink from your wisdom and experience. No one wants to get closer to a rude and relentless boss. The other side to that coin is everyone wants to get closer to a kind, compassionate, still firm when necessary and not overly harsh leader. These leaders not only lead great teams, but cause others performing on an average level to want to be better.
Awakening the desire in others to become better is a true and irrefutable sign of greatness, and great people breed great results. Have you ever heard the saying "you can attract more bees with honey than vinegar"? Well, I can tell you from experience this is very true. I've been the one using vinegar several times in the past, and I've also been the unhappy bumble bee who felt stuck under the thumb of sour faced angry leadership. I've since become very successful using honey to attract better friends and teammates, who've come to thoroughly enjoy working with me and following my lead. They're happier, and as a result I experience greater levels of fulfillment from my work.
I understand that respect is necessary, and that some actions by others in the office can't be left unaccounted for... But trust me, people are more likely to self correct when the person/people they're doing it for show a genuine sense of care for them and their future, not just their own pockets or the business needs.
Be kind, be caring, brilliant.