Keynoter Simon Sinek, a leadership expert, was one of the day's highlights.
July 2, 2014
As a parent would protect a child from danger, so must leaders shield employees from harm, with a “circle of safety,” says leadership expert/author Simon Sinek, during Tuesday’s General Session.
When people feel safe, their natural disposition is toward cooperation and trust, he says. But when employees don’t feel safe, they partake in nonproductive—even destructive—behavior.
“Leaders set the tone—they decide what environment you’ll have,” Sinek says. “If there’s no circle of safety, people feel they have to protect themselves from each other. Anytime someone feels compelled to write a CYA email, this is a sign they don’t feel safe from their own people—they’re literally spending time to write an email to protect themselves as opposed to committing that time and energy to serve the organization.”