A recent report by Michelle McQuaid and her colleagues at The Wellbeing Lab provided some interesting insights on how communities can increase the wellbeing of their members. The report confirmed that leaders have a big influence on the wellbeing of those who they lead. The interesting aspect was that the impact was actually greater on the leader themselves. There are two actions you, as a leader, can take on right away.
2. If you want your team to care, care for your team:
The study went on to show that, as a leader, when you express appreciation and care for your team members not only does that have a positive impact on their wellbeing, but their level of commitment and job satisfaction also improves. When you balance the task with relationships and treat your team with dignity and respect, it creates a culture of psychological safety that enables your team to flourish.
The best part of this leadership focus is that the more you express gratitude and caring for your team members, the better your own wellbeing. In fact, the report showed that the leader benefits more than the team members.
So, as you Nurture Growth in your team through encouraging and providing possibility thinking, as well as expressing gratitude and care, not only are you positively impacting their wellbeing and performance, but you are also benefiting yourself.