A close friend had the good fortune, a number of years ago, of hearing retired Lt. General Hal Moore speak. Moore spoke of the key tenets of leadership and identified these three things as critical for leaders:
- Caring for your troops
- Finding a way to win
I have to say I was surprised that this experienced veteran of the United States Army would list caring for your troops as a key ingredient of leadership. After all, Lt. General Moore was a lifelong soldier. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and commanded troops in both the Viet Nam and Korean Wars. As such, I fully expected Moore to focus more on toughness and resilience than caring.
I was pleasantly surprised to see caring on Moore’s list. I believe that caring for our team members is the most effective way to get them to follow us willingly and passionately. When our team members feel valued, cared for, and appreciated, they become passionate and loyal followers. And as leaders, this really is our objective. So this week, make sure you take time to show your team members that you care about them. Communicate this through your words and actions, and lead like a Lt. General.
Thanks for reading,