Kim Dixon, BA, MSc, CPS (F) FAMILIES Peer Specialist (&Co.) Area Manager
What if I told you the secret to being a positive leader is learning how to RAP before you leave your crib and pimp your ride to work this morning?
What is RAP?
Before you buy that Jay-Z album, by RAP I mean Radical Acceptance Practice. According to an article, Radical Acceptance, in the December 2013 issue of the British Journal of Management, RAP expands on Respect in the Workplace programs that endorse a polite approach. It turns out people tend to be more productive when you show them a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T, but politeness isn’t the whole picture as Aretha Franklin well knew. Indeed the authors who studied teams found those who felt included felt more positive about being there, but those who felt valued were more willing to help the team meet its goals.
How Employees Feel Today
Dr. James Hill at Positive Leadership Solutions says a professional review of many workplace programs suggests they often do not consider all possibilities. He says individual members can often feel as though they are easily replaced and not valued for their unique skills. Hill uses the term respectful valuing to encourage leaders to go beyond promoting inclusion. Respectful valuing recognizes individual strengths and individual contributions of team members to better meet collective goals.
Dr. James Hill at Positive Leadership Solutions says a professional review of many workplace programs suggests they often do not consider all possibilities.
Respect in the Workplace
FAMILIES not only embraces Respect in the Workplace, we RAP through valuing strengths and drawing on contributions from all staff, volunteers and individuals we serve. We believe everyone on a team is a positive leader because of each person’s contribution. Together we RAP our way to collective goals of a successful journey of recovery and adaptation to the trauma of mental illness. How about that Jay-Z!