A feeling of acceptance and belonging is an important part of a high performance culture.
Individuals who feel like they belong, gain security. This sense of security then nurtures self-esteem. Maslow, when writing about the Hierarchy of Needs, believed that most of society's social problems stemmed from this basic need (for belonging) not being met.
Everyone needs to belong to a group that accepts them. This group can take the form of the family, peers, school work, sporting team, church etc.
The climate (culture) of the organization (be it family or business) to which you belong may have either a sense of hostility and fear ... or a sense of support and goodwill. This culture doesn't happen by accident. It is a product of the behaviors, values and attitudes that are modeled and accepted.
In this video Brene Brown speaks about Vulnerability. As she so eloquently explains - we all want to be accepted and feel we belong and we are unwilling to show to the world how vulnerable we feel. Be warned ... Life-enhancing information within :)
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