We all have experienced this feeling of connection to the human race when we truly cared about someone or something. It lifts us up and enables us to give of ourselves without regard for rewards or glory. In those moments our ego takes a back seat as we contribute freely to a greater cause.
When we care we connect with our purpose and our passion. We become committed to something greater than ourselves. It is so compelling that our whole self, body, mind and spirit, are engaged. Leadership requires this kind of engagement. To be a leader you must first care.
Have you experienced leaders that you would follow anywhere? Not because they promised you great rewards but because they opened your eyes to new possibilities? Not because they made things easy for you but because they challenged you and helped you grow? Have you supported leaders by being the lone voice of dissent, and lived to fight another day?
Leadership is a two way street. When leaders and followers care they create meaningful partnerships that produce significant and relevant outcomes for all.
Love to hear about your leadership experiences!