by Judith Glaser
Children raised by parents who positively shape a child’s environment with appreciative and value-based conversations become more optimistic about life and more self-confident. Children who grow up in punitive and judgmental environments tend to be less positive about themselves and more judgmental about others. Those who grow up in families where they are loved, where they learn to discover their strengths and are challenged in positive ways tend to be very healthy of mind, body and spirit and lead healthier lives.
What does this have to do with business leadership? Many illnesses associated with toxic workplaces can be reduced by focusing on the “feel” of the conversational environment that we create for our employees. This suggests that mentally healthy people will have a strengthened immune system, affording them increased protection against disease.