By taking this leap, leaders can build deep, meaningful relationships and help facilitate an atmosphere in their group that encourages people to do the same.
All this may sound very esoteric, but it works. After I came back to work, I had a meeting with a co-worker. He asked me how I felt. Instead of what most of us do and say, “I’m good,” I tried a different approach. I was honest and revealed that I had a bad experience in my private life and that this might affect me in the coming weeks. Surprisingly, he immediately opened up too and told me that he also had some troubles.
Now, that we know these little pieces of information about each other, we’re able to practice empathy and be more understanding about specific behaviors. I’m curious how this will impact the atmosphere and culture of our team.