Playing Good Cop Yields Better Business Results, says Leadership Expert Dr Patricia Thompson
A leading psychology expert has spoken out about the ‘good cop, bad cop’ dynamic in the workplace, and how taking a more holistic approach to leadership can yield incredible results. Dr. Patricia Thompson, author of The Consummate Leader and renowned management consultant, believes that adopting a more positive leadership approach can have a better effect on morale and productivity than cultivating an environment of fear and control.
The celebrated psychologist and leadership expert advises that generosity, optimism and empathy are three important traits for leaders, senior professionals and people in positions of authority everywhere. In order to achieve an optimal approach in their professional lives, leaders must take a holistic approach and learn how to achieve balance and harmony in their personal lives. Rather than ruling with an iron fist or flying off the handle at a mistake, the renowned management guru is encouraging leaders to cultivate an environment for learning, community, positivity and support in the workplace.
The best leaders develop and nurture important relationships with their staffs, rather than treating them as mere drones who are simply paid to complete tasks. They understand the power of teamwork, they know how important it is to show appreciation, and they are experts at cultivating a sense of togetherness – a crucial concept in a world where, despite the technology at our disposal, many employees work in silos and feel isolated and disconnected from their colleagues.
Dr. Thompson says, “Being a leader isn’t just about being in control – it’s about creating a productive working environment where everyone feels comfortable and empowered to do their best work. The old saying, ‘You catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar,’ is massively relevant here; those in a position to lead a workforce are far more effective when they are promoting positivity than when they’re playing ‘bad cop.’ Of course, discipline and deadlines are important factors in business, but they should be balanced with generosity, empathy and support from the leaders of the group. The best leaders set a tone in which people follow them because they want to – not because they have to.”
An expert in the field, Dr. Thompson’s book is an indispensable blueprint for those who want to learn more about the art of leadership. The Consummate Leader was released July 2014, and the book draws on both scientific research and more than ten years of experience from Dr. Thompson herself in consulting to senior leaders in organizations. The holistic guide provides a road map for leaders to hone professional development, by outlining the seven keys to becoming the ideal leader and teaching leaders how to achieve in those critical areas. Learning how to be positive, supportive, motivational and authentic are key in the pursuit of great leadership, and The Consummate Leader is an essential read for anyone looking to increase their influence and elevate the way they lead.
To find out more about The Consummate Leader or Dr. Patricia Thompson herself, visit her website: http://www.patricia-thompson.com/
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