Summary of Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

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Leadership’s golden rule: Do unto your employees as you’d have them do unto you.

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“Leadership is a choice. It is not a rank.” Exceptional leaders, explains Simon Sinek, protect employees by putting their workers’ interests ahead of their own. Only in an environment of “trust and cooperation” can people produce great, even heroic, work. getAbstract recommends this oration to all leaders – those with titles and those without.

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  • How leaders foster “trust and cooperation,”
  • How secure work environments benefit employees and organizations
  • Why leaders should put employees’ well-being ahead of self-interest
 

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Simon Sinek is an adjunct at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit global policy think tank. He wrote Start with Why.


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    Karen Featherston 9 months ago
    From the perspective of a lifetime, individual contributor, employee going strong in year 35, trust is priority #1. Without the foundation of trust, it is next to impossible to find the self-determination to produce excellence in the workplace. Leaders must give their employees a reason to give their all...and that means showing them you genuinely care about them as people, not just as assets and resources, but that you'd actually stand up for them even at the cost of your own reputation.

    It takes a great leader to see the person behind the employee number and an even greater leader cares and takes the time to know them on a personal level. There is great risk in that, of course. You risk personal heartbreak should the business relationship have to end. Yes, but as in love, it is worth the risk to have cared and lost, than to never have cared at all. The reward outweighs the risk.

    The business is NOT just about work and busy-ness, it is PERSONAL...the work will not get done without the Personnel. Humanize the business and value your most valuable assets...your people will love you for it and will work their assets off for you!
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    Denise Olson 9 months ago
    Really great talk. I don't see a great deal of this behavior at Zurich. Our Performance Management goes against this and there's still a mindset amongst employees and managers that finding and correcting behavior or knowledge issues has a negative connotation. As leaders, we can create a safe environment for coaching. We need to help our teams feel safe to accept that feedback and view it as a longer term positive. This is the challenge we still face. It will take time.
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    Andrew Sharp 9 months ago
    It is stunning how most leaders do not cultivate a feeling of safety. I think one reason people feel safe is when they feel understood as individuals. And understanding others is hard work. It doesn't happen by accident.
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    Daniel Neubauer 1 year ago
    He really is one of the best and most inpiring leadership speakers. You can learn so much not just from content but also how he presents it!
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    Paul Glynn 1 year ago
    What an excellent talk about what defines leaders and the roles leaders need to play in an organisation

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