Friday, October 4, 2013

Caring


I’ve seen folks in leadership roles who seem to feel that they must put on the armor of “not caring” in order to be a strong leader.  They feel that knowing the troops too well, or having too close relationships with them, somehow compromises their ability to make the hard decisions.  

I don’t think so.  In fact, I believe developing strong and positive relationships with membership throughout the organization is critical to being an effective leader.  

Here are some reasons why: 
  • Richer insight into unique performance
  • More honest feedback loops
  • Better employee effort
  • Deeper understanding of skills sets and job “fit”
  • Stronger organizational culture

Finally, caring almost always begets caring in return.  

Which of us doesn't need that?

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