Do you put your heart into leadership?
A recent study presented at the American Heart Association suggested that unsociable men were more likely to die from heart disease and stroke than more socially engaged men. Social avoidance increased the risk of death from cariovascular disease in men by about 40%.
We must be very careful how we interpret research but this research seems to indicate that caring and connecting might have health benefits for the leader.
Jane Dutton suggested that the single biggest factor to energize your workplace was to create and sustain High-Quality Connections at work. A High-Quality Connection is based on mutual positive regard, trust, and active engagement on both sides.
Reflection Question: How many High-Quality Connections did you engage in today?
Connections are pathways to caring in leadership and being connected might just be a heart-felt approach to leadership.