Somehow, many directors seem to have translated not behaving in one’s self-interest into not behaving as a human being. Honesty is seen as threatening. Vulnerability interpreted as weakness. Emotion is deemed to be lacking control. Desire to understand better elicits questions of ignorance. Bad days become bad people.
Being a director is challenging, but how have we benefited from cutting ourselves and our colleagues off from permission to be human? Maybe there could be a “Hug a Director Day” – followed of course by all disclaimers and caveats about avoiding anything that could be construed by anyone as harassment, keeping respect, maintaining boundaries, not engaging in inappropriate workplace behaviour and ensuring independence!
Maybe it should just be Hug Myself Day.