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Theodore Roosevelt once said

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care

Care for others, not like this

The more I’ve led, the more I’ve discovered this truth. When we were leading young students, this especially came into play.

With troubles at home, issues at school, and a general disdain for authority, they struggled with listening to those in a position of power. That is, until you showed them you cared about their life.

So, what can you do to show people you care? I think the following 7 actions demonstrate an attitude of caring towards others.

1. Ask pertinent questions: People love to talk about themselves. So ask questions that relate to their lives and their interests.

By asking questions around their likes and desires, you open up a channel of communication and this shows that you care about them not only as an employee but also as a person.

I think we’ve been sold a lie. That leadership has to be difficult and complicated. But a recent blog post about unconventional ways to lead brought out that many leaders have learned the truth.

Simple leadership rocks and more leaders need to hop onto the train.

While I’m a fan of simple leadership, it got me thinking about the reason why. I believe it deserves a deeper look.

After thinking through the reasons why our leadership needs to be simple, I came up with 5 reasons to lead with simplicity.

1. Simple leadership allows for clear communication: When leaders are leading with simplicity, they’re much more apt to speak and communicate with a simpler message. This allows the leader to give directions in ways their team members will understand. It also helps prevent misunderstandings.

What do you want from your team? You want the team to excel at their job. You want the team to destroy sales records. You want them to be all-stars.

There’s a problem. You may be making this lethal leadership mistake.

Image by Zach Klein

Image by Zach Klein

What is this lethal leadership mistake, you ask. It’s a mistake I’ve seen destroy many great companies and yet leaders continue to make the same mistake over and over again.

This mistake is failing to value each individual team member.

The Lethal Leadership Mistake

When you fail to value each team member, they begin to notice. Team members begin to feel left out and unappreciated.

What this leads to is a sense that their hard work isn’t enough.

Why might they think this? Look at the way you speak to team members. Do you:

  • Criticize their performance?

Launching a new project is always exciting. The company is moving and shaking. Great growth is expected.

Things are looking good. The team is motivated. They’re ready to take on the project and succeed.

There’s only one problem. You’ve done an action that kills enthusiasm more than anything.

 

I’ve done it. Time and time again. I’m pretty sure you’ve done it as well.

With the busyness of our days, it’s easy to let this one slide in.

The Enthusiasm Killer

The enthusiasm killer is a sly devil. He slides in slowly and quietly. Before you know it, he’s killed the motivation that was building.

The killer is A Lack Of Communication.

It may start as missing a deadline and not communicating it to the team. Or meetings that are never held.

We often set goals for ourselves and fail. Goals such as losing 10 pounds, writing a best selling book, or being a better spouse. We fail…

We also blame it on a lack of self discipline. Claiming we need more of it. That’s a lie.

We don’t need more self discipline. We already have it.

Lego man working out

Image by Pascal

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at where we are already self disciplined.

  • We go to work on time
  • We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • We put ourselves to bed
  • We use the bathroom
  • We take care of our family
  • We pay bills

Sometimes we don’t want to do these tasks. They’re not fun. But we do them anyways.

Why?

Because YOU have self discipline. You’ve trained yourself to do the tasks that need to be done.