‘Nice’ and ‘successful’ aren’t mutually exclusive.
Actually, they go together rather nicely.
As a leader, your job is to unite your team, whether it be around belief, mission, values, or all of the above. Kindness isn’t weakness; it’s giving your teammates confidence, strength, and encouragement.
Carrie Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Media, likens kind leaders to kind dentists.
(Being kind is not necessarily singing a song about how wonderful everything is–in fact, it’s almost the opposite. It’s getting everyone on the same page and letting them know what to expect so that you’re all marching in the same direction and end up with the desired result (in the case of a trip to the dentist–it’s clean, pearly whites).
As a leader, kindness is guidance; not telling people where to go, but helping them get there.