Why Caring for Your People Is the Most Important Business Decision You Can Make Right Now

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The coronavirus has rocked our world in just about every way imaginable. Four billion people on the planet are in some form of lockdown. Everyone is trying to adapt and make the best of a terrible situation. On the business front, entire sectors of the economy have ground to a halt, while the industries still standing have abruptly shifted to working in a virtual environment.

The 21st-century business landscape was already zooming along with unprecedented volatility and change. This pandemic is change on steroids. Fear and uncertainty are spreading as fast as the virus itself. In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken with leaders at all levels across a wide variety of industries. Everyone’s asking the same questions: Now what? How do we get on with anything that resembles “business as usual”? How am I supposed to lead?

While it may feel like the sky is falling and everything’s in flux, that’s not an accurate assessment of the current reality. Many things have not changed. One constant is we’re still working with other humans. Another is we still need to lead. The fundamentals of effective leadership have not changed. Yes, the principles need to be tweaked for this strange, new context, but they still apply.

One Essential Leadership Tip

Here’s an essential leadership idea worth keeping front and center right now:

How people feel significantly impacts how they perform.

In 2014, Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath published leadership research in an article for The New York Times that became the newspaper’s most shared article of the year. It was called “Why You Hate Work.” They found that “feeling cared for by one’s supervisor has a more significant impact on people’s sense of trust and safety than any other behavior by a leader.”

If ever there were a competition for softest metric, feeling cared for would win the prize. It sounds more touchy-feely than anything else. Who’s got time for something that fuzzy when you’re just trying keep your business alive? What does feeling cared for have to do with anything going on right now? Read more here…

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