My own experience this week reminded me of the importance of human connection. Not the hyper-connectivity we receive from technology. True face to face interaction with another human being. Leaders cannot expect connection; connection is created.
Think of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Belonging and connection must be felt if we want to be self-actualized and reach our full potential. Not just encouraging your employees but expecting them to connect on a personal level will strengthen your team and contribute to your long term success. When each team member feels a sense of belonging their contributions will increase because they will understand that they work they do every day has an impact.