You would have to look long and hard to find a leadership book that didn’t tell you to “take care of your people.” That being said, taking care of your people does not mean protecting them from the consequences of their actions.

That is a short road to irresponsibility.

It means giving your staff every advantage and tool available to achieve their goals in work and life. On the path to building trust with your people, you need to be fiercely dedicated to improving the lives of your people.

What can you expect from them?

For employees, it means having the organization’s interest in the front of their minds when making decisions.

If you take care of your people, your people will take care of your business.



Imagine that your team is like a garden, and your leadership plants seeds. Sorry for the metaphor, I used to be in horticulture.

You get to choose what seeds you plant in your garden. You can plant seeds of positivity, decisiveness, and abundance.

Or you can plant seeds of distrust, negativity, fear, and indecision. Perhaps you can even grow shame if you are careful and nurture it.

You can spend time trying to take care of others’ gardens, or you can focus on your own.

You can make yours productive, beautiful, and rewarding, attracting fellow gardeners along the way.

Or not.

What seeds are you planting?



Frank Hopkins

Frank Hopkins

Executive Coach and Organizational Effectiveness Consultant I help you become a high-value leader.