“When you were made a leader you weren’t given a crown, you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others” – Jack Welch
On Tuesday, August 11, the HR Partners Melbourne team had the pleasure of welcoming Michelle McQuaid to lead an interactive and informative session on Positive Leadership.
Michelle shared the five pillars of positive leadership, drawing on scientific based positive psychology and neuroscience research.
The FIVE main pillars of positive leadership are:
- Nurturing positive emotions
- Building engagement
- Investing in relationships
- Fostering meaning
- Growing accomplishments
Some key take aways from the session:
- The benefit of experiencing positive emotions; “Considering that 20-30% of business performance is determined by the mood of employees” experiencing positive heartfelt emotional experiences is very important to the wellbeing of your staff. By taking a moment to add in a few positive experiences it can help to expand your opportunities through your field of peripheral vision, improve your ability to think innovatively and increase your creativity and resilience.
- Balance your strengths; research is finding that it is our strengths, rather than our weaknesses that are our greatest area of growth. Having the opportunity to not only use but also grow your strengths can boost your level of engagement; improve confidence and your overall wellbeing. By being mindful of how you are over or under using them you can greatly increase you response to work.
- The importance of finding meaningfulness in what you do; People struggle to find meaning when they lack autonomy, variety, challenge and performance feedback but most importantly, the strongest predictor of meaningfulness was whether the job had a positive impact on others. Often we are too distant from the end user of our products and services and so cannot see the true impact of what and more importantly why we are doing something. By helping people to see how they serve others through finding meaning in small tasks and pursuing goals with purpose it will help them to feel more satisfied in their work.
By implementing a few of these simple changes managers can become positive leaders, which in turn will lead to employees with higher levels of wellbeing, who are more engaged, more productive and less likely to burn out at the office.
Thanks again to the amazing Michelle and all who attended this session, we look forward to seeing you all again in October for our next Emerging HR Leaders session!
For further information about Michelle McQuaid or the HR Emerging Leaders Series please contact Kate Barnes 03 8621 5700.