There is an epidemic of disengagement that plagues the modern workplace and it's making us sick.

One-third of our life is spent at work. That’s 90,000 hours of life.

According to data in Happiness at Work, we will all spend an average of 90,000 hours on the job. There are very few activities that humans dedicate more time doing, than work. It's not surprising, therefore, that work has become the touchstone for life's meaning.

85% of adults worldwide are disengaged at work.

Gallup’s ‘State of the Global Workforce’ report found that, globally, just 15%, or slightly over a sixth, of global workers were actively engaged in their jobs. Two-thirds are not engaged, and 18% are actively disengaged. These figures vary across countries and regions, but the quantity of people engaged at work never exceeds 40%. The fact is, the overwhelming majority of people on this planet are not engaged at work.

Disengaged workers are twice as likely to experience mental health issues.

Disengaged workers are nearly twice as likely as engaged workers to have been diagnosed with depression. Engaged workers are also less likely to have been diagnosed with high blood pressure . Other studies have found that at work, disengaged workers tend to have higher stress and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, while engaged workers tend to have lower cortisol levels.

According to a study conducted by Ohio University, job satisfaction is a major contributor to overall health. The University of Manchester have also found that having a bad job can actually be worse for your health than being unemployed. Job stress puts many of us at risk of developing a mental health issue and figures suggest almost half of us feel our workplace is mentally unhealthy.

Luckily, there’s a cure.

Leadership is the number one driver of workplace engagement.

According to Towers Watson’s Global Workforce Study, compared to all other factors including workload, work/life balance, empowerment and remuneration and benefits, leadership has the largest positive impact on engagement at work.

Leaders are made, not born.

Leadership is not the result of your genetic makeup or a specific kind of personality. Leadership is a collection of skills and repeatable behaviors that can be learned, developed and improved. Study after study (including this one from the University of Illinois) have concluded that the traits we are born with are not so important - training and practice is what makes great leadership.

Leadership is everyone’s business

A better workplace can start with you – not just the CEO.

Leadership has nothing to do with the job title on your business card. It has everything to do with your individual beliefs, words, and actions as an individual.

Leadership is not the private reserve of a chosen few. Leadership is ordinary people bringing out the best in themselves and others. Leadership is everyone’s responsibility. We can decide to work together any way we choose. We can wake up tomorrow and, regardless of our role, decide to become the leader we always wished we had.

 A new Leadership Manifesto

We believe in the power and potential of human beings. We recognise that, despite the changes in how work gets done, work is and always will be a human endeavour.

We believe in the power of leadership to shape a future wherein everyone wakes up each morning feeling excited to go to work and returns home feeling truly fulfilled.

We believe that leadership is everyone’s responsibility.

We value:

Purpose and empowerment
over command and control.

Ennobling long-term aspirations
over short-term reactionary thinking.

Contribution and collaboration
over position in the pecking order.

Cultivating human potential
over employing human resources.

Diversity and discord
over uniformity and consensus.

Courageously challenging the process
over lazily accepting the status quo.

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