When You Care, You Change the World

In his book, Leadership in my Rearview Mirror – Reflections from Vietnam, West Point and IBM, Jack Beach speaks about the importance that great leaders place on fostering a culture of caring within their organizations. He writes: “Leadership involves groups of people accomplishing tasks together. Leaders must not only ensure that people have the job-related skills but also that members of the team will work well together…. We cannot simply put a bunch of top-notch people together and expect good things to happen; the team itself must have the appropriate social and emotional skills to work well together.”

His message is a simple and powerful: “Leaders must encourage people to care not only for the mission but for each other.” The great leaders’ caring creates a culture and environment that touches people’s hearts: “I respect you for who you are. I value you for you and all that you do. I recognize your individuality and uniqueness.” This is what all people want in life – to be respected, valued and recognized for who they are. In return, and thanks for this caring, they give their best, going far beyond what is expected to give something more. Most importantly and valuable, they give the precious gift of their trust. In this mutual exchange, the world is changed and greatness thrives within the people and organization.

Simon Sinek tells great leaders: “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is taking care of those in your charge.”  Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: “To handle yourself, use your head; to hand others, use your heart.” Bill Russell said: “The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play.” When you care, you lead with love.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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