ix) Kindness, Happiness & Height

Not realising the importance of kindness. There is growing scientific evidence (Dominic White, 2012) that showing kindness leads to increased performance, productivity, better immune function, lower stress & reduced absenteeism. Also, good leadership results in reduction in sick leave (27%) and disability pensions (46%); staff with good leaders were 40% more likely to report high levels of psychological well-being, including lower levels of anxiety.

To become a leader involves challenging yourself, growing and learning

"...it's just not formulaic here.  There is no manual on this is how to lead.  It's all about trying to encourage and create a framework within the environment and then encourage a sense of getting the best out of our people and it has to be really tailored towards every business and every team.  We have this guiding philosophy, and over a arching philosophy of promoting a culture of opportunity, accountability and integrity.  They are really Amcor three principles and then there's a lot of flexibility in Q given to people to think about what's going on in their business and their environment and applying it and building their team..."
Shemara Wikramanayake (Macquarie Bank) has quoted by Tony Boyd et al 2016

Macquarie Bank looks through its staff to have a higher level of integrity in all aspects of work; be hard working; intelligent; perform including execution; inspire staff to reach their maximum potential

. The essence of good leadership is ineffable, ie cannot be put into words

- Not realising that when it comes to leadership, height helps, especially at the start.  People listen to you as physically you are overpowering and have a presence!!!! Also a reputation of being swift and decisive is a plus.

- Not realising that happiness should be part of leadership. Too many people in senior positions are miserable as society has dictated what they should value, ie status.  Status does not necessarily bring happiness.

Research (Dalai Lama et al, 2016) has found that lottery winners are not significantly happier than those who have been paralysed in an accident. It has been found that we get accustomed to any new situation and inevitably return to our general state of happiness. Approximately 50% of happiness is determined by immutable factors like our genes, temperament, etc., while the other half is determined by a combination of our

- circumstances

- attitudes

- actions

NB we have limited control over the first element, but significant control over the latter 2.

It is claimed that there are 3 factors that have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness, ie our

- ability to reframe our situation/context more positively

- ability to experience gratitude

- choice to be kind and generous

(source: Dalai Lama et al, 2016)


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