Whether your title is supervisor, manager, vice-president, or CEO the people who are assigned to follow your lead will honor you more when they know you care. Figuring out how a caring leader behaves, and how a caring leader balances the weight of leadership responsibility is a continuous process of learning how to lead.
Here are five telling behaviors of a caring leader:
1. A leader who cares will share the vision, even involve followers in creating the vision, and ask others how they see themselves fitting into that picture whenever the situation allows for the input of others.
2. A leader who cares will choose to act from strength of character in and out of the presence of her followers.
3. A leader who cares will make time to interact with and listen to those they lead.
4. A leader who cares will find a way to satisfactorily meet upper management expectations and give his team credit for a job well done.
5. A leader who cares will do their best to protect their integrity, because at the end of the day, integrity is the currency of leadership.
Managers, supervisors, vice-presidents, and CEO’s may be in position because of what and how much they know, however building a team of productive followers requires more than knowledge. Learning how to lead with care can produce followers who will happily help you to reach and surpass your organizational goals…..now that’s a win for you and for them!
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