Intelligent CXO Issue 07 | Page 25


How leaders can harness eudaimonia

to prioritise wellness

Leadership strategies are always being developed and adapted so that managers can unlock a team ’ s full potential and efficiency . Matthew Gonnering , SVP and GM at Widen , an Acquia company , has adopted a more natural approach , focusing on happiness and making the individual flourish . He tells Intelligent CXO about his experience of taking an eudaimonia leadership style and highlights the impact it can have .

The word ‘ Eudaimonia ’ is Greek – Ancient Greek actually – and it translates to happiness , well-being and success , or combined , ‘ human flourishing .’ But say the words ‘ human flourishing ’ in conversation and , although you ’ ll see people nodding in agreement , what does this term ‘ human flourishing ’ look like ?

First , let us start by looking at what it doesn ’ t
look like . In the UK , according to a report by the Health and Safety Executive , an independent UK regulator for work-related health , safety and illness , a massive 17.9 million working days were lost due to work-related stress , depression or anxiety in 2019 – 20 .
This stemmed from 828,000 workers suffering from work-related stress , depression or anxiety , www . intelligentcxo . com