A company brought me in to help a team get through a tough spot. They’d been working on a project and were struggling to cross the finish line.
In my initial conversations, I asked how the people were feeling. A manager told me that she didn’t have time to worry about her people’s feelings. They just need to work hard and get the job done.
One day, I witnessed the manager pushing a developer to work the weekend. The developer wasn’t happy as he wanted to spend the weekend with his family after working so many past weekends.
The manager replied, “If you don’t like it, you know where the door is.”
The developer paused and then said, “You’re right.” He gathered his items and left.
If you ignore their emotions, they will feel less than whole. People who feel less than whole will feel threatened.
To bring out the best in people, you need to lead the whole person—skills, knowledge, and emotions.
You’ve got this.