Do you know what today is? It’s GLOBAL LOVE DAY, and according to The Love Foundation, “We honor each May First as a symbolic day of unconditional love and call upon all people and nations to come together in the wisdom of peace and love.”
With this theme in mind, I recalled an incredible post by my friend and leadership/employee experience colleague Julie Winkle Giulioni and wanted to share highlights.
In January 2023, Julie wrote a post entitled, “All You Need Is Love,” as an early Valentine’s Day gift for leaders. She wrote, “Leaders who want to make a positive impact on their employees and their organizations will benefit from showing their love through these four strategies.”
L = LOOP OTHERS IN.
Julie wrote: “Information is the lifeblood of productivity and achievement. And connections with others nourish employees, contributing to qualitative outcomes like happiness, and quantitative outcomes like loyalty, retention, and customer satisfaction.”
O = OFFER THE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT REQUIRED FOR SUCCESS.
Julie wrote: “Ensure that people have the equipment and materials they need to succeed. Make training available so they have the necessary skills and knowledge. Remove the roadblocks – systems, processes, rules, and limitations – that undermine employees’ ability to do their best work. Then step back and see results follow.”
V = VARY RESPONSIBILITIES.
Julie wrote: “Allow people to explore different tasks, learn different skills, play in different sandboxes. The expanded perspective that becomes available as a result of these opportunities enriches one’s current role, opens doors to possible new roles, and keeps everyone fresh, engaged, and growing.”
E = EARN RESPECT.
Julie wrote: “Employees crave inspirational leadership. Be the leader your people need and want. Earn trust and respect through your day-to-day behavior, interactions, and decisions.”
So, today, on Global Love Day, how will you show love to your employees? Remember, for your employees to love your customers, you must love your employees first.
My gratitude and applause to Julie for inspiring me to share her post on this most appropriate day!
Check out Julie's Q&A appearances on my Blog:
Feedback and Talent in the Post-Covid Era
How Can Leaders Become Architects of Unbeatable Brands?
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Image Credit: Debbie Laskey.