What makes a great leader?
We could list a hundred traits that a good leader has: vision, transparency, honesty, accountability, confidence, positive attitude, passion, communication skills, and the list goes on.
But a study by The Zenger Folkmam found one necessary trait that is usually left out of the leadership conversation but is crucial to leadership effectiveness and success.
The study tracked 51, 836 leaders and uncovered that those who expressed warmth were the most effective. Without the ability to be warm and kind, leaders were not seen as likeable and it severely reduced their ability to lead their teams well. This included building positive relationships, mentoring and coaching, encouraging cooperation and being a source of inspiration.
When a leader is kind, it improves trust, boosts employee health, increases creativity and reduces attrition.
There’s strength in kindness.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
- Being a leader is similar to being a parent, discuss how warmth and kindness impact these two roles.
- Describe a leader who has shown warmth and kindness, how did it impact you?
- How can leaders in your organization cultivate more warmth and kindness?