5 Things the Best Leaders Do

While my favorite thing about 1-on-1 leadership coaching is the individualized nature of it, it's also fascinating to pick up on trends that ring true across the board. I've noticed the most effective leaders often do a few key things really well. While this is not an exhaustive list, here are a few leadership behaviors for you to noodle on today.

They Don't Pretend to Care

That's right, the best leaders don't pretend to care. They actually do care. I'm listing this first because it is perhaps the most important. People can pick up on fabricated emotions - they really can tell when you don't care. People say you can't force a person to care, but I believe we all have the capacity to care. If you are feeling apathetic, here are a few things you can do to tap into that capacity authentically:

  1. Get enough rest. Take care of yourself. Sometimes it's as simple as that. If you are depleted, you won't have the capacity or energy to care for your team. Identify what you need (a jog, a nap, etc.) and claim it so you can get back out there and serve your people from a place of being whole and healthy.

  2. Spend more time with people who care. Like many things, it's contagious! Spend more time with your peer leader who shows care and concern for his/her team. Engage in projects where the team is authentically excited about the work. That energy will rub off on you!

  3. Ask more questions. It's possible you simply don't know enough to care. Get to know your people better. Learn what makes them tick and what their concerns are. Spend time learning about the day-to-day work they are doing. The more you know, the more you'll care.

They Give Leadership Away

Their Door Isn't Always Open

They Quit the Wrong Jobs

They Adopt a Nurturing Mindset

Could your people benefit from you turning up the dial with one or more of these behaviors? What would that specifically look like for you? I sincerely love hearing from people, so feel free to shoot me a note and let me know your thoughts!