Why Kindness Works for Improving Career Success

No matter what your current position or future goals for advancement may be, there’s one thing that will impact your career even more than competence or expertise – the way you treat others. The author of this article says that kind behavior recognizes others’ dignity and value in a very tangible way. We naturally work harder for and with those who treat us with respect, which can make individuals as well as teams (and ultimately the library or organization) more productive. Rudeness, on the other hand, is demeaning and disrespectful. It also creates barriers to collaboration and innovation in the workplace and may cause people to shut-down emotionally. No matter how tired, or cranky, or hungry, or angry, or busy, or whatever else your excuse might be, there is never a good reason for rudeness. If you aspire to be a great leader, then you should treat people with kindness. This quality can draw people to you and help you move up in your career.