What Can I Do as a Business Leader?

As a 21st century business leader, you need tools to improve your bottom line while also building an economy that works for businesses, employees, families, communities, and the planet.

As a business owner or business leader, you have three critical roles as a Partnership change-agent.

1. Create a workplace culture of partnership.

Research shows that partnership-oriented business cultures have greater productivity. If your organization uses top-down, fear-based strategies for managing employees and relating to customers, you can nurture a culture of partnership by using strategies for building relationships of mutual respect and mutual benefit.

“A partnership-oriented workplace is ‘a workplace that can provide the opportunity to cooperate with others in a common enterprise that stimulates respect, creativity, and commitment that will ultimately benefit everyone."- Clement Russo, quoted by Eisler in The Power of Partnership, p. 66.

Learn more about creating cultures of Partnership at work— download the Domination/Partnership Scale in Workplaces.

2. Implement caring policies.

Caring policies support employees in integrating work, care of self, family, and community. Employers who implement caring business policies reap extraordinary financial returns on their investments through increased employee retention, engagement, and job satisfaction, and decreased rates of absenteeism, turnover, and medical claims. Caring policies with the greatest return on investment include:

    • Paid parental leave for mothers and fathers
    • Flexible work schedules
    • On- site childcare
    • Wellness programs
    • Paid sick days and medical leave


Learn more about the ROI of caring policies: check out these Caring Economy Fast Fact Sheets:

It Pays to Care - The ROI of Caring Business Policies
Making the Case for Paid Parental Leave
Women’s Empowerment Sparks Economic Success
Fathers Gain When We Change Policies To Value Care


3. Become an advocate for a caring economy.

In The Real Wealth of Nations, Riane Eisler shows how investment in people and our natural environment is essential to:

    • stimulate our economy
    • help families
    • radically reduce poverty and violence
    • reward women’s economic contributions
    • save billions in crime and prisons, and
    • produce the “high quality human capital” needed for our post-industrial economy.


A caring economy ensures that businesses and employees alike benefit from practical investment strategies that grow our real wealth.