Tina Turner’s number one hit asks: ‘What’s love gotta do with it – what’s love but a second-hand emotion?’ Remember the song? CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
As a matter of fact, love plays an increasingly important role in creating an empowered culture. Especially in these times of rapid change, employees must learn to adapt and acquire new competencies quickly and continually. Building ongoing learning into team culture requires managers to nurture their people through the process of acquiring confidence in their new capacities. Nurturing is, therefore, not only an expression of kindness, it is a real strategy for team empowerment. Studies from neuroscience show how those areas of the brain, like the hippocampus which enable faster learning, are stimulated when employees work in a team with a culture of kindness. So, managers, be smart and create a loving and mutually supportive team that will enjoy learning.
Converting short -term memory into long-term memory is a function of a healthy hippocampus. This part of the brain is responsible for remembering instructions, the details of a meeting, learning new facts, recalling revised plans, and so forth. However, in people who experience continued stress and unhappiness the hippocampus shrinks, with a resulting decline in function. That is why research shows that when people are happy and relaxed, they are more able to engage enthusiastically with their work, and more readily learn and adjust to change.
The best leaders are those who lead from the heart, those who have the ability to inspire others through kindness, flexibility, support, and empowerment.