The Secret to Successful Leadership

I recently had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for the PRSA Health Academy Conference. While this gathering was specifically for healthcare communicators, my presentation’s topic gives insight applicable to various industries.

How would you like to…?

  • make your job easier
  • be a more effective leader
  • accomplish your goals faster
  • create happier employees and
  • safeguard your organization through a crisis

It turns out more and more research is pointing to one thing we can all do to accomplish all of these things – be more human.

According to a recent study by Gartner, 90% believe that to succeed in today’s work environment, leaders must focus on the human aspects of leadership. However, only 29% report that their leader is a human leader.

Interestingly enough, when Harvard Business Review surveyed CEOs during the pandemic to ask about their greatest concerns – communication with employees was at the top of the list.

We can agree that the pandemic has left us longing for a little more authenticity, empathy and flexibility – three of the big “human aspects.” Perhaps it’s harder to know how to integrate these traits into the corporate world – after all, formal, top-down communication has long been the expectation. But in the interest of not continuing down that road because “we’ve always done it that way,” here are some resources to help you (and your business) be more human.

  • From Corporate Communication to Organizational Communication (Harvard Business Review)

As you think ahead to planning your personal and professional development for the next year, I hope this insight into the need for human leadership will help you continue on your path to becoming a better leader.