Healthy leadership addresses human needs—it’s personal. This new approach to leadership is comprised of three principles (mindsets) and three practices (skillsets) that are no longer just nice to do in today’s new world of work.
Healthy leadership is like a cultural magnet that attracts people to your team and the cultural glue that makes them want to stay. If today’s workers don’t see healthy leadership, they will look for it elsewhere.
Healthy leadership is not about the leader, but it starts with the leader. It’s about the people you serve. As a leader, when you help others grow, you grow—and growing people fuel growing, healthy organizations. The healthy leader’s success is measured in what others achieve—the leader’s impact is multiplied through others.
The three healthy leadership principles (mindsets) are:
Love: Do what is in the best interest of others.
Positivity: Manage negative emotions and increase positive ones.
Growth: Seek new insights, knowledge, and skills.
The three healthy leadership practices (skillsets):
Clarify: Crystalize a desired future and motivation to get there.
Connect: Build ties between work and human needs.
Coach: Unlock the potential in others.
The three healthy leadership principles are like an operating system. In fact, let’s call them PrinciplesOS. This operating system supports the “apps” of healthy leadership—the practices. Your ability to implement the principles of love, positivity, and growth will either enhance or inhibit the effectiveness of your apps—healthy leadership practices of clarify, connect, and coach.
The alignment between principles and practices is key, particularly with today’s worker, who deeply values authenticity and integrity.