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Heart-Based Leadership Approach, What does it mean, and how can it change the way you lead?
Heart-based leadership is an approach that makes use of our emotions to engage others, inspire initiatives and produce results. It integrates the rational (thinking) part of your brain with the emotional (feeling) part of your brain.
You can connect with yourself and others at a deep level, leading from the heart rather than from the head. In this way, you can be more effective in bringing about change, inspiring transformation, and creating greater collaboration with others. This makes it possible for them to make a bigger impact on their own lives and business outcomes.
Three Ways Heart-Based Leadership Can Change The Way You Lead:
Here you go!
Evoke Passionate Commitment And Initiative From Others:
The most successful leaders know how to engage and inspire others. Emotions play a big role in the head-based leadership approach; we want to follow leaders we feel we can trust, who understand us and care about our success.
One of the main functions of the heart is to pump blood throughout the body and keep it moving. The heart sends blood where there is a need for oxygen or nutrients or to remove waste products from tissues.
When you tap into your emotional side, you’ll see that there are needs in people (and yourself) which haven’t been attended to yet. There will be areas where motivation is low, hidden agendas run rampant, and creativity has ground to a halt because people have lost faith in them and don’t realize these factors are limiting them.
For example, I once had a conversation with the CEO of an outsourcing company looking for ways to influence his key decision-makers. This company had its own unique culture, which could be described as despotic rather than democratic. The employees were compliant but not enthusiastic about their work.
They never suggested new ideas or brought problems to their superiors’ attention because they would just get told off. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that no one challenged the fact that the vetting process for quality control procedures was time-consuming and lacked transparency. People just accepted how things were organized and carried out their job without voicing any complaints or suggestions because they didn’t feel like it would make any impact anyway.
What happened when we talked about how he influenced decision-makers? The CEO’s first impulse was to address the problems head-on.
His reasoning was that people had little motivation or initiative because they didn’t feel respected and valued, so he wanted to empower them by showing that their ideas were highly appreciated and listened to.
This turned out to be an excellent leadership strategy for getting people involved in decisions, but not necessarily for motivating them. I told him how he could use his heart intelligence more effectively – by evoking passion in others through intrinsic motivation.
This leadership approach takes the notion of morale at the workplace more seriously than so many other CEOs who see it as ‘fluffy’ stuff, which has no place in accounts payable departments! It’s easy to focus on obvious needs such as pay levels, absenteeism, and tardiness, but I’ve seen so many leaders neglect the importance of human connection in their leadership approach.
When you build your workplace relationships right – creating a sense of trust, empathy, and belonging – employees will be highly motivated to succeed because they realize that their happiness is important for everyone’s success.
Listen Deeply And Speak From The Heart:
Developing the ability to listen fully without any distractions or judgments takes courage. You have to be willing to suspend all mental chatter in order to give someone your full attention. Most people are scared of not knowing what others are about to say next, jumping ahead with their interpretation, or offering advice before they understand the problem at hand!
Most people are also afraid of not being heard or understood when talking about their feelings and thoughts. The heart is a muscle that contracts involuntarily to drive blood flow in the body – it can’t be controlled, even when you’re talking from the head… When you listen from the heart, your utterances will come from an open space of love and acceptance, ensuring that people feel valued and heard.
Emotional intelligence comes into play in this leadership approach, because understanding doesn’t mean agreeing with someone. In fact, sometimes listening deeply means having to express disagreement!
Lead With Compassion:
Most people are attracted by power and authority – this is very normal! To some extent, leaders who show strength, warrior-like instincts, and unshakeable beliefs can inspire others to follow them into battle. However, it takes a different kind of courage to lead with compassion and integrity while staying mindful of everyone’s needs along the way.
The Dalai Lama showed off his compassionate side when he was presented with over 8 million signatures on a petition calling on him to focus less on superficial, materialistic values and more on the inner well-being of his people.
His response was not what many expected – he agreed that Tibetans were obsessed with wealth but stated they needed material things to help them feel happy. He used this as an opportunity to teach others about the true route to happiness: compassion and moral discipline.
Leading is not about making all the decisions yourself. It’s also not about looking good in front of your employees or peers. The real challenge is building communities of people who are growing, learning, and achieving together – because everyone benefits when they’re given the opportunity to shine!
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