Isn't it interesting how different leaders interact with their organizations? When a leader takes the time to learn effective communication and team building techniques, it shows. Millions of dollars a year are spent on seminars and books addressing effective leadership. I won't pretend to be an expert on the subject. However, I have devoted at least 15 years of my life to such study. So with that in mind, I'd like to start a short blog series devoted to thoughts on the matter.
Today's idea: Show them you care.
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Sure, the team/community/fellowship you lead wantS to know that you are experienced and that you won't lead them astray. But if you see those individuals as a means to a end, they will know it. Show them GENUINE concern for their well being. Take action on their insights and suggestions when appropriate. Respect them. Show them you want the best for them. And for goodness sake, show them how their efforts positively influence the team, and you personally.
This doesn't mean you have to send them fuzzy fluffy notecards or gush over them when you see they've done something they're expected to do. This means that you LISTEN to them. Greet them with eye contact and a warm smile. Let them know when they do a great job. SAY THANK YOU. And mean it.
Let them know you care.