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The Caring Leader

1. Many years ago John Maxwell said a statement that has impacted me deeply as a leader and has shaped my leadership in a huge way. The statement, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I have found this statement to be true in my leadership. As leaders, we have to know and embrace the fact that the people we lead don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. Here are a few questions to ask yourself. Would your team say that you love and care for them? Do you know and acknowledge your team’s birthdays and their wedding anniversaries? Do you help them make their lives better because you value each of them as a person? As leaders, we have to truly care for those directly under our leadership. Although we can’t personally care for everybody, it’s vitally important that leaders establish a culture and system where everybody receives care from somebody. Those words I heard years ago as a young evangelist still ring true in my heart today, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”