When leading with compassion, you do what is right regardless of what people may think of you. You stand up for the truth rather than trying to please everyone. You are compassionate and kind, yet you maintain high expectations. You support others rather than punish them. You do what is necessary rather than what is easy.
If you worry about employee productivity while working from home, then work on your own personal and professional development as a manager and a leader so you build enough confidence in yourself that you can lead with trust.
Hire motivated people with unique strengths and then find ways how to develop their strengths to the point of mastery. You turn everyone’s strengths into results.
Don’t underestimate the importance of proper onboarding and integration. It is very attractive and often expected to dive right in and start quickly producing results, but it will make you less effective and haunt you down the road.
Making work more playful will lead to creativity, innovation, adaptability, joy, satisfaction and become an antidote to stress. Demilitarize the language you use and become more inclusive. Prioritize flow over efficiency.
Your goal is not to hire the best but to hire the right people who are passionate about your mission, who believe what you believe, and who can get excited about your cause. They will join already motivated, and all you have to do is inspire them to give your mission their best.
If you genuinely want to help someone, give them attention and support. Show them that you care, help them to identify their strengths, and use the attention they desire to help them achieve mastery in things they care about.
There is no universal recipe for becoming a leader. Focus on a couple of your strengths that are making you special in some way. Make yourself unique and worth following.
Onboarding remotely is a challenge. Take ownership of the process. Working from home in a hybrid environment can be great, but you need to do it right, so it doesn’t impact your career and well-being.