Leadership in the 21st century is a hot topic among organizations wanting to stand above the competition. But what will make the difference? More pay? Better employee benefits? An office upgrade? New technology? Perhaps these things play a part in attracting good talent, but then what?
Studies show and my experience and doctoral research has also led me to believe this: Organizations are made of people who have to work together to solve problems, come up with new ideas, make things happen. And just like any relationship, things run a lot smoother, better, and happier when people feel connected to each other. It is emotion that drives behavior in organization – positive and negative.
21st century leadership requires leaders to be relational and human- centered in their approach.
As human beings, we need each other. We need to feel connected. Leaders who understand this and connect with their employees and direct reports will without a doubt stand out from the rest. Processes are important, but the most successful teams are emotionally connected. Emotional connection is the foundation for cohesiveness and high performance in the 21st Century.
Viewing leadership as a relationship, rather than the influence of one individual, acknowledges that leadership is a continuous interaction and emotional connection between managers, supervisors and their people.
Mastering Emotional Connection
This week I had the privilege to work with Dr. Lola Gershfeld, Founder and CEO of Level Five Executive. As a trained psychologist, and board dynamics expert, Dr. Gershfeld has experienced firsthand the power of connection and the positive results it creates. As an Army commander and executive myself, I also have experienced the effects of a team that is connected as opposed to one that is not.
Having completed Level Five Executive’s EmC Training several months ago, I was invited back to help facilitate the course with new “EmCers” attending the Mastering Emotional Connection Certification at Pepperdine University.
The EmC Process
Over the course of 3 days we shared stories, performed exercises and learned the EmC Process, as developed by Dr. Gershfeld. How to recognize and break out of negative cycles, how to regain trust, repair connections, and work together. Now as a certified “EmC Trainer” I am qualified and ready to help individuals and organizations by training them in this method. A method that has been proven to be successful and worth the time and investment.
Imagine being part of a team that trusts each other, works together in a purposeful, cohesive way. Smiling, caring, laughing, full of energy and passion. Sound too good to be true?
At Bridge 3 we whole-heartedly believe in the power of a connected organization.
We apply the Emotional Connection (EmC) process to develop teams and leaders of teams and we look forward to helping our clients connect their organizations applying the Emotional Connection Process in 2019.