Article by Stephanie Palmer-Derrien, SmartCompany

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As workplaces all over the world adjust to their COVID-19 realities, it will be courageous and curious leaders that spur on successful teams, and reap the productivity rewards too.

That’s according to professor, author and leadership guru Brené Brown, speaking at Qualtrics’ Work Different online event yesterday.

Much of Brown’s work focuses on the ‘irreducible needs’ of humans — love and belonging — and during the COVID-19 pandemic, these are more important than ever.

All over the world, people’s lives have been turned upside down.

“We need to rethink how we’re taking care of ourselves, how we’re taking care of each other, how we’re taking care of our communities — we’re going to need to rethink how we’re showing up with each other.”

That means taking note of irreducible needs in the workplace too.

“Love is not a word that we use or think about a lot at work, especially when we think about other people … and I think that makes sense in some ways,” Brown said.

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