But what if people could simply be more efficient and productive during the time they are at work? What if there’s a win-win solution for employers and employees?
Coincidentally, these are increasingly critical qualities for leaders operating in a highly networked global economy. It is scarcely a surprise that women, who are encouraged to nurture those qualities from early in their lives, are consistently rated by their employees as better leaders than men.
A great leader continually challenges her people to push beyond their current comfort zones. But pushing people too relentlessly eventually prompts fear and fatigue, both of which undermine great performance. In this case, the balancing opposite is nurturing and caring for those one leads.
For too long, the primary value exchange between employees and their employers has been time for money, and not much more.
It’s about a move from the focus on “what” to “how,” from an orientation to the external world to one that includes our internal experience and from getting more out of people to investing more in them, so they’re more energized to bring the best of themselves to work.