Our reader poll today asks: What would your team members say is your greatest strength?
- Your inspirational leadership 9.73%
- Your ability to develop their skills 9.73%
- Your strategic vision and ability to innovate 12.98%
- Your decisiveness 9.19%
- Your caring, empathy and compassion 43.25%
- Your ability to influence others 9.72%
- Something else 5.40%
Caring counts. While many of these leadership traits had some decent representation, far and away was the importance of caring, empathy, and compassion. People want to work for people who care about them. They’re willing to forgive mistakes when it comes to decisions, strategy, and influence if they know you genuinely care about them. When was the last time you sat down with your team members and expressed genuine concern for them? How often do you take time to listen to them and empathize with the challenges they face? A caring leader is one they’re willing to confide in and work hard for. Make the investment in demonstrating you truly care about them.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.