Demonstrating interest, appreciation and loyalty towards your employees, including mustering the courage and taking the time to provide them with difficult feedback that lights up blind spots and opens new perspectives, has many positive effects.
- It increases engagement, defining an engaged employee as one who is fully involved in, and enthusiastic about, his or her work. Someone who will therefore act in a way that furthers the organization's interest. A loyal and devoted employee.
In today's HBR post Bill Taylor refers to Vince Lombardi's most important principle: Love is more powerful than hate:"The love I'm speaking of is loyalty, which is the greatest of loves," Lombardi told his audiences. "Teamwork, the love that one man has for another and that he respects the dignity of another...I am not speaking of detraction. You show me a man who belittles another and I will show you a man who is not a leader...Heart power is the strength of your company."
Seems to me a perfect, powerful principle to keep in your heart and your actions on Valentine's Day and any other day of the year. Wishing you an abundance of Heart Power.