Dr. Geil Browning
CEO & Founder
Emergenetics International

Although love and leadership haven’t historically gone together, I believe that creating a culture that is honest, encouraging, supportive and uplifting is crucial to an organization’s success. I discuss this idea in the final chapter of my book Work That Works.

Caring about your employees does not mean that you expect less from them or that you should sacrifice professionalism. By building a culture of love, you support others to bring out their best. Forbes emphasizes the importance of love in the workplace, stating business is 90 percent relational and 10 percent transactional. Topping their list of ways to show your staff that you care is appreciation.

Gratitude benefits the recipient as well as the person giving the recognition. In a recent study published in the Psychotherapy Research Journal, researchers found that simply expressing your appreciation may have lasting effects on the brain that contribute to improved mental health.

Receiving recognition from peers as well as from leaders and managers will support a loving workplace climate. I invite you to brainstorm ways to share your own gratitude as well as encourage others to participate. Here are two ways to get your staff involved:

  • Hang a bulletin board in a shared location where anyone can place notes of appreciation.
  • Designate a thank you jar where people can add notes. Once a week or when employees meet, open the jar and read the notes aloud.

As you consider ways to acknowledge others, I encourage you to align your message with the recipient’s Emergenetics® Thinking and Behavioral Attributes. Doing so shows them their efforts are noticed and that you care about their individual preferences. Here are some suggestions for thanking someone in their own way:

Analytical: Acknowledge their accomplishments and expertise.
Structural:  Provide specific examples of their work.
Social:  Share a story to illustrate your point.
Conceptual:  Speak to their imagination and innovation.
First-Third Expressive: Provide feedback one-on-one.
Third-Third Expressive: Acknowledge them publicly.
First-Third Assertive: Offer feedback in a gentle manner.
Third-Third Assertive: Give feedback immediately.
First-Third Flexible: Focus in on key points of appreciation.
Third-Third Flexible: Share multiple examples of what’s appreciated.

When we focus on what we’re grateful for and express it in a way that connects with our colleagues and teammates, we shift our own perspective and the attitude of those around us. Communicate with gratitude and watch the culture of love flourish.

For more tips on how to apply the principles in Work That Works, purchase a copy of my book here or fill out the form below to purchase the companion card deck, which provides actionable tips to support your leadership journey.