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Stepping into Leadership: Care

As a leader, it’s important to understand your own philosophy and approach to leadership. This is part of knowing yourself and being yourself. I believe that this is critical in order to be an authentic and effective leader. I believe that leadership is about who you are, not what you do. That is why I’m currently writing some articles demonstrating some of the core values that I believe make a great leader. In my first article, I provided tips around the value of a leader being a lifelong learner. 

Another core trait of a strong leader, in my opinion, is having concern for others.

‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’ This is a favourite saying of mine that guides what I do everyday. Acceptance is a core value of mine. I’m a strong believer in accepting the place that people are at. You don’t necessarily know their story or what they are dealing with. It’s part of being non-judgemental and thinking of others with care and concern.

We all travel a fine line in life.

We all travel a fine line in life. At any point in time you can be on either side of that line as a result of circumstances outside your control. This has certainly been the case at certain times in my life, and it has taught me to be mindful of other people’s journeys. 

Genuinely care for other people. Be compassionate and treat people with respect. It’s the quality and character of the leader that will ultimately determine results, both for yourself and – more importantly – for many others.