Must Have Happiness
The New Leadership Requirements
I love my job. I’m not just saying this, I truly love my job. I enjoy being at the office and I really enjoy the people I get to work with. This is so much the case that I often find myself smiling while at work. Not silly, goofy smiles, but ones that speak to the fact that I’m having fun while helping lead my company to achieve the lofty, audacious goals we seem to set each and every year. Being a happy leader, and working with other happy leaders, is a trait that really sets our company apart and is critical to our success.
I realize I could be asking to engage someone in the age old debate of whether it’s better for a leader to be feared or loved. That isn’t what I’m talking about here (although the answer is both). I’m talking about leaders whose happiness will not allow them to attract or seek negativity. It’s leadership that understands happy employees are better workers. It’s leadership that allows individuals to have fun while they achieve amazing results. I believe happy workers achieve smarter results for our customers. This is what requires me to lead with happiness.
The simple question I would ask you to ponder is whether or not you’ve ever worked with an unhappy person who added meaningful value to your organization. I haven’t. In fact, I’ve worked with a great number of unhappy leaders whose mindset caused significant decline in morale and performance. Think about that unhappy leader from your past…you know who I’m talking about. Am I right?
I can confidently say I’ve never seen a job description for a leadership role that advertised “happiness” as a critical characteristic for the position. However, I’m more and more convinced this should be mandatory. Too many truly outstanding successes are achieved when a happy leader gets a group of equally happy people to march together toward a common goal. It’s a lot more fun than the alternative and feels a lot less like work. Happiness from a leader is contagious. Give it a try!
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