The Best Managers Care
What’s the difference between a good leader, and a great leader? Great leaders truly care about the people they work with. Though it’s true that good leaders may care, great leaders truly care on a deeper level. When you are invested in your coworkers and employees, you create the possibility of building a team that is strong through its support of all of the individuals who comprise it. And when you have a strong team, you can leverage that strength to achieve the highest possible performance.
Here’s an example I experienced personally—
Several years ago I was working for an organization that had a phenomenal leader. What made him exceptional in his leadership? The extraordinary care and concern that he showed for his employees. Each week he would pick someone out of our small team to have an informal one-on-one meeting with, in which his primary goal was simply to learn more about them; what made them tick, and what they were passionate about. He extended this care throughout the workplace, and, as a result, the members of our team continued to learn and grow their skills. And when serious personal circumstances came up, there was a net of concern that supported the individuals in our team as they dealt with family health issues and other elements of their lives.
At the end of the day—a good team is a family. And while a good leader may know a little about you, and extend a basic amount of concern your way, a great leader genuinely cares about you and your well-being. That investment in you, in turn, fuels your commitment to your work, and the joy it brings you.
So, even if you think you are a good leader, ask yourself if you are seeking out opportunities to learn about your employees and coworkers, and if you actively demonstrate that you care about them in a sincere way.