This little thing called love
How then can love as a capability be developed in business? The first step is encouraging a dialogue around what this wider sense of love means in the working environment and the difference it could make to workplace culture, collaboration and business success. Providing tools, development opportunities and resources that enable leaders at all levels to understand and embrace themselves as humans first would further develop a base culture of partnership and kindness.
On the recruitment and progression side, selecting leaders for critical roles that have the right technical skills but also the values of empathy, emotional intelligence and service would also help as these qualities will translate in to their relationships with colleagues and other stakeholders.
In addition, we can continue to dream and hope for a little more openness, honesty and love in a wider community and business sense. Small steps towards a more collaborative future are all it takes.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Visiting Fellow and Development Coach
Yetunde Hofmann and Professor Kevin Money will be hosting a 'Love in Business' event on Developing Your Most Critical Leadership Capability for members of The Henley Partnership in September 2019. Find out more here.