I wish all leaders could meet the people who work for them during a tragedy. I know that sounds weird, but experiencing people’s behavior during the earthquake and hurricane has reinforced my belief that we are inherently good.
Here’s what leaders need to remember about people, based upon my experience following Irene:
This list could on and on. We need to remember that people turn up for each other during times of tragedy, and when we help each other, we are all better people because of it.
Research shows that there is a part of our brain that is wired to give, and happiness is directly tied to it. The more we do for others, the better we feel ourselves.
Sometimes leaders need not only to recognize their employees, they need to ask them for help. Give them a chance to give back through their efforts.
Giving is a natural part of who we are, and I am eternally grateful to all who have helped us. I’m going this weekend to help my sister and brother-in-law clean up their property, because that’s what we do. Happiness might just be that easy.