From Muscles To Brain To Heart

August 15, 2023

Today we are going to start off with a quote:

"In the past, jobs were about muscles, now they're about brains, but in the future they'll be about the heart." - Minouche Shafik, director, London School of Economics.

I think this makes a lot of sense. While there are still jobs that require you to use your body, and we've always had jobs that require intellect, much of the progress being made in the world today centers around innovation and technological advancement.

Shafik's assertion is that in the same way machines have taken over a lot of the heavy lifting for us, computers will be able to take over some of the mental work as well. And they clearly already have.

This means that emotional intelligence is becoming an even more important trait.

Recognize that increasing in skills of empathy and vulnerability are valuable.

Think this sounds a little too Kumbaya? In 1948 the Air Force's first manual on leadership identified seven leadership traits, my favorite one being "humanness." They defined this as "to belong, a sense of belonging, feeling, fear, compassion, confidence, kindness, friendliness, and mercy."

Core values for your company such as "strategic operations" and "efficiency" are good for robots. Try being a bit more human. Embrace fear and compassion. They'll help take you to the next level.

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