In my last video, I talked about the importance of relationship to leadership. In those four short minutes I mainly discussed how healthy relationships are characterized by mutual expectations that all parties recognize as legitimate. I also encouraged you to learn to become an independent and interdependent follower so that you can recognize, appreciate, and encourage that in others when you have the privledge to lead.
I did not get a chance to talk about the importance of caring, which I discuss in this brief video. There is no substitute for performance – being very good at your given responsibilities – and no substitute for caring – about what you do, why you do it, who you do it for and who you do it with.
You simply MUST learn the value of caring as a follower. If you don’t develop this as a follower, it will be very difficult to develop as a leader. We don’t trust people that we think don’t care about us, and you will not accomplish very much as a leader if people don’t trust you.
Remember this: you can’t fake caring. All we have to do is listen to what you say and watch what you do over time and it will be obvious what you really care about.
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