Of Nice and Men

Nice is contagious. A Harvard Business School study provides evidence -- leaders who project warmth, even before establishing their competence are more effective than those who lead with toughness or skill. Leaders that are self sacrificing, loyal and friendly will have a higher percentage of people they lead also paying it forward, helping others along the way.*1

Big hearts make for healthy hearts. Is there a direct relationship between leadership style and workplace culture and a healthy heart? Absolutely yes! A Swedish WOLF study provides evidence -- bonding in the workplace and positive social interactions have a positive effect on heart rate and blood pressure. "A good boss may literally be good for the heart," says Emma Seppala, Ph.D, Science Director, Stanford University. Says Seppala, "A leader's qualities (are) associated with the incidence of heart disease in their employees."*1

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
— Henry James

Nice is profitable. Micro-niceties, (small acts of kindness) on a regular basis will have an impact on your bottom line. When you catch people in the act of doing something right, provide genuine gratitude and appreciation for a job well done and you show kindness to others you associate with, there is a greater likelihood that you will be successful. Roadblocks are less frequent, problems are resolved faster and more opportunities open to you when you are consistently nice to others. People are more willing to like you, trust you and help you. Univeristy of California-Berkeley Professor, Dacher Keltner says, "When people trust you more, they have better interactions with you, you even get paid better."

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*Connect, Then Lead by Amy J.C. Cuddy, Matthew Kohut, John Neffinger