Contributor, Korn Ferry Institute
This Week in Leadership (Sept 20 - Sept 26)
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Daniel Goleman, author of the bestseller “Emotional Intelligence,” is a regular contributor to Korn Ferry. His latest book, "Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body," is available now.
What makes you happy? I don’t mean in an I-won-the-lottery kind of way, but rather what gives you a deep sense of satisfaction and well-being? It turns out there’s a difference between the events that make us happy for a while and what gives us that feeling of well-being.
Dr. Carol Ryff, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was among the first to disentangle well-being from a simplistic definition of happiness.
Dr. Ryff’s multidimensional model of well-being views our well-being as a life well-lived, not simply a happy one. As Socrates reminded us, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Here are key points from Dr. Ryff that can help you examine your own life. Consider how you fare on each of these dimensions of well-being:
Ryff’s holistic model of well-being illuminates the enduring connection between purpose and life satisfaction – one of her six keys to well-being. This connection shows up in the business world, too.
When Korn Ferry interviewed 30 founders, CEOs, and senior executives at consumer companies with “visible and authentic purposes, engaged employees, customer-oriented cultures, and strong financial results,” not only did 100% of these leaders agree that “operating from purpose makes them more resilient” (resiliency is a hallmark of well-being), they found that purpose-driven organizations shared four things in common:
In short, companies can contribute to the well-being of their people by fostering a purpose-oriented environment.
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