Leaders Caring Most About Their People

Simon SinekI’m a fan of twitter and a bigger fan of Simon Sinek. I would encourage you to follow him on twitter at @simonsinek.  Sinek recently posted the following tweet – “The leaders who get the most out of their people are the leaders who care most about their people.”

This really made me think as my two most recent blog postings were about employee engagement.  My initial reaction was that his tweet sounds good but what does ‘care most’ really mean?

According to Merriam-Webster the definition of care (verb) is to feel interest in something: to be interested in or concerned about something: to feel affection for someone. So I think what Simon Sinek means by care most is to be most interested in or concerned about.

So the question for leaders becomes how do they show they are most interested in or concerned about their people? Is it trying to make everyone happy? Is it bribing them with perks? Is it showering them with meaningless feedback?

I think what it means is:

  • Showing a genuine interest and concern for what your people do and why they do it.
  • Working hard to understand how each person defines what is meaningful work to them.
  • Showing a genuine interest in their career and helping them work to achieve their career goals.
  • Providing them real-time, direct and honest feedback that at times disappoints them but challenges them to improve.

The last thing I will leave you with is that I don’t believe leaders should be trying to get the most out of their people, I believe leaders should be working together with their people to get the most out of their organizations.

What are your thoughts?

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