Lead With Kindness

Caring for others is what makes a great leader

Randy Wolken
Dec 10, 2020 · 3 min read

In company after company, I have seen a trend toward employees wanting caring employers.

COVID-19 has heightened the fear and concern of employees for having a safe work environment. They also wish to work for employers who help them consider the demands of work and home, especially if they have school-age children in school only part of the time.

Lesson to Learn

Individuals and teams want leaders who care about them. They also want a leadership style that displays genuine concern, and this approach is manifested by kindness.

Kindness is demonstrated by being gentle, listening, and taking into account the needs and talent of team members.

More and more employees want someone who leads them well, lets them contribute their full skills and helps them achieve superb results for the organization and the individual.

Answer for Me

Leadership styles have changed dramatically since I first began to learn them and practice them. Over my 35 years as a leader, I have witnessed all types of leaders.

The best leaders are kind to those around them.

It does not mean they were pushovers or soft — they were not. Instead, they were firm, honest, and cared deeply for those they led.

Action

As a leader, assess your leadership approach.

If your goal is to lead with more kindness, what would you do first?

Are you focused on the attributes associated with being a kind leader? Do you listen well, encourage others to contribute, and help teams accomplish outcomes? Are you known for caring for your teammates as individuals as well as employees of your organization?

Daily Actions

Leadership approaches and actions are executed daily. As you prepare for your day, what are the opportunities you will have to care more, listen more, and help others attain their work and life goals? Be intentional about kindness toward all you will meet and work with today.

Just wanting to be kind and caring changes the way you will act each minute of your day.

Over time, you will see the fruits of your efforts begin to take hold. As you grow in your capacity, others will notice and make strides in developing into a more kind and caring leader. This is how change happens daily.

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Randy Wolken

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I write to educate and inspire. President & CEO of MACNY - The Manufacturers Association with over 300 company members in New York State. Visit www.macny.org.

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I write to educate and inspire. President & CEO of MACNY - The Manufacturers Association with over 300 company members in New York State. Visit www.macny.org.

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Outstanding stories objectively and diligently selected by 40+ senior editors on ILLUMINATION

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