Be a boss! It’s written on novelty mugs, couch pillows, and motivational fridge magnets the world over. But it’s not that easy. First, you have to work your way up, and work hard! Then, when you finally get there, you have to figure out how to effectively lead and manage your team, maintain order while maintaining your compassion. It’s not as easy as the mugs and cushions make it sound. But thankfully, there is a new book to help you figure out exactly how to lead a team in a progressive, enlightened and heartfelt way.
Described on Amazon as ‘an essential blueprint for designing a vibrant, cutting-edge organization; leading from love, not fear,’ The Evolved Executive: The Future of Work Is Love in Action by Heather Hanson Wickman Ph.D. explores how to ‘lead organizations with soul, purpose, and love, conscious leaders can heal the crisis of suffering present in many organizations’ and sets out to ‘revitalize the workforce through innovative practices and deep self- awareness.’
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Often, people who find themselves in leadership positions within companies or organizations know only how to lead by force and sometimes by fear, having learned these techniques from previous leaders, and have received little guidance in how to actually lead with compassion. Once in a position of leadership, it can be difficult to get a moment to actually consider one’s techniques, their effectiveness, and, indeed, their general effect upon the people one is leading. That is why a book like this is so helpful.
Heather Hanson Wickman Ph.D. is setting out to combat these toxic trends, and bring compassion back to the workplace. She herself ‘cracked’ from the prolonged stress of working in conditions and for an organization that did not consider the wellbeing of its employees. She told Author Hour “the way that we work is so ingrained in us based on just decades and decades of, I would say, outdated management philosophy. What I know today is that organizations of the future are going to be built on a different paradigm.”
And it looks like this revamping of the norm will be due in no small part to people like Hanson Wickman. Amy C. Edmondson, author of Building the Future: Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation, called The Evolved Executive “a great resource for those in search of meaning at work in the twenty-first century” and noted that it is “a must-read for leaders at all levels who want to move beyond fear-based beliefs to create teams and organizations shaped by purpose.”
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A former healthcare executive, Heather Hanson Wickman knows whereof she speaks, and has identified key goals that leaders can aim for in order to revamp the culture within their working environment. These goals include to:
- Reenergize your organization’s purpose
- Enhance employee engagement and experience
- Develop a purpose-centered strategy and culture
- Lead from love instead of fear
- Expand your organization’s impact on individuals’ and society’s well-being
In her interview with Author Hour, Hanson Wickman went on to say that:
This idea to create a different place of work, to create different organizations, we need to start by creating a different way of leading, and that way of leading is pulling away from the fear-based belief that we have ingrained in us and feeling that void with love-based practices. So the beliefs that foster love, the practices that embody love and the words that really share love. I think this is really the magic that resides in building organizations of the future. So that’s kind of my beautiful, broken story and it was so painful in the process, but kind of sitting on the other side, it makes perfect sense as to what happened.
So if you’re wondering about the best way to lead an organization in the most compassionate and forward-thinking way, the way that is best for you and your team, then this book is for you.
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