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Leadership : happiness is the key to success
A CEO once remarked with surprising candour: ‘I don’t really care if our people are happy or not, as long as they perform.’ This rhetorical statement from a leader stridently driving business outcomes reminded me of the gentle advice of the Nobel laureate and medical missionary Albert Schweitzer: ‘Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.’ In the course of people transformation exercises I have been engaged in, we often discover the magic of intangibles that transcends rational realities. We have observed the stark difference between compliance and commitment, contract and trust, control and empowerment, vision and a shared destiny, performing one’s duty and going beyond, and the marked distinction between good and great teams.
The pursuit of happiness has…
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