Too many people feel they are not able to be their authentic selves in the workplace and that is fundamentally wrong. Being your authentic self at work can be hard, we tend to put on a brave face and hide our vulnerabilities, but it is possible. It is possible to cultivate leadership that ignores fear, hierarchy and bureaucracy and cares about creativity and personal authenticity. Below are some tips on how you can foster such culture:

• Humility is a great leadership value. Humility is all about considering others and acknowledging that all work in a business is noble.

• Joyful leaders are optimistic leaders who are willing to take a chance and believe in success. So, if you have an idea for something that might make your business more joyful don’t start examining every way it might go wrong – just do it.

• Try to build a culture focused on serving people. In today’s competitive business world, it is important to establish a culture built around service. A little kindness and care can go a long way.

• Build a business that cultivates leaders rather then bosses. A leadership culture will be more likely to experiment and innovate.

• To build a joyful culture, systems are pivotal. System thinkers are always looking for ways to make things better. Create policies that reward the positive behaviours that you want to encourage.

• Review your systems and build an ethos of caring for one another – build teams that care. Caring is vital but so is sharing – specifically, sharing knowledge and experience.

• Build a learning culture. Create a culture in which employees are constantly enjoying learning and teaching, sharing views and expanding their horizons – a business that brings joy.

Final thoughts…

If you are leader, there are some simple tips you can follow to create a culture that generates joy. Embrace a business model in which people have a sense of purpose, take responsibility and learn from each other.