Posted on : August 27, 2016
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Category : Human Resources
Dr. D. Goleman and Dr. Daniel Siegel discuss research on brain circuitry reveals that there is a circuit in the emotional area of the brain (limbic system) which has a positive influence (modularity) over playfulness. Playfulness promotes brain plasticity. In other words, playfulness has the ability to modify the structure of the brain.
  • Playfulness can make people feel young, it encourages creative combinations of things. That form of creativity can be really beneficial in organizations. Do you enjoy what you are doing at work…are you having fun? This is one of the most telling questions to ask people. The response to that question indicates whether ones motives are aligned with what they are asked to do on the job.
  • It’s surprising therefore that many organizations separate work from play. Is that because organizations don’t realize the benefits of bringing joy and playfulness into the workplace? A study of leadership literature reveals that there are different leadership styles.
  • There is one leadership style which can instill playfulness into an organization. That style is referred to as ‘affiliate leadership’. Affiliative leaders are masters of establishing positive relationships. They are also known for giving frequent positive feedback, which helps everyone to stay on course. Followers really like affiliative leaders. Followers are more loyal towards them, more easily share information with them and have higher levels of trust in them. Affiliative leaders really appreciate the benefits of playfulness.
  • Having fun at work gives people energy, builds emotional capital and turbo-charges the limbic system (emotional area of brain). Organizations should encourage playfulness leadership styles now and again. Play is something we can even do as adults.