Looking for a foundation to better balance your mindful leadership practice? Then search no further than Sounds True founder and CEO Tami Simon. Her wisdom offers mindful leaders a beautifully simple place to start: human dignity.
By using human dignity as your foundation, you’ll always remember that your employees are human. Treating them with the dignity and respect all humans deserve will be better for them, for you, and for your business.
In 1985, Simon launched the wisdom-based multimedia company Sounds True. The organization publishes work on topics including mindfulness, psychology, and therapy by internationally-known innovative thinkers. In collaboration with LinkedIn, Wisdom 2.0, and MindfulNYU, Simon and Sounds True has also established The Inner MBA, a nine-month program designed to teach business leaders how to be forces of good.
Nearly four decades since starting Sounds True, Simon has stood firm in her purpose to share mindfulness and spiritual wisdom with the world. It’s not just a business for her—it’s a calling that we can all heed in our own ways.
How to Honor your Employees as People
To Simon, an “employee” is not a separate category from a “person.” Everyone who works for you has all the complications and the gifts that come with being human. That doesn’t stop being true when they’re at work. In fact, it’s what empowers them to do their jobs.
As a leader, it’s essential to recognize and value that innate humanity in everyone you meet—including your team members. Simon refers to this as practicing human dignity.
“It’s taking a moment to take in their uniqueness, their originality, and their singularity as a human being,” says Simon, “and then respecting and appreciating that.”
But don’t stop at just acknowledging their humanness—actively promote a culture that encourages people to bring their true selves to work, and encourage every team member to value the humanity in each other.
“Part of what makes a really healthy ecosystem is having all of these unique members who want to create an ecosystem that is truly welcoming,” says Simon. “It’s where people feel that they belong in their unique humanity.”
Why Personal Growth Benefits your Business
Just as your humanity doesn’t check out when you clock in, the lessons you learn in your personal life don’t stop being true for relationships with your team members.
When it comes to managing relationships in your organizations,” Simon says, “I see a lot of the same skills that are needed to be successful in an intimate relationship.” In fact, it was building a healthy relationship with her life partner Julie that inspired one of Simon’s favorite core values at Sounds True—to grow and transform.