Leading is lonely but cannot be done alone. Its fuel is caring engagement.
Caring engagement means being aware of who matters, specifically, to your role. It means crafting how you serve and how you seek support. It means seeing behind people’s facades, nurturing their hidden talents and helping with their hidden needs.
Above all, it means genuine caring. Caring is magnetic. It has the magical quality of bringing care to you as you give it.
Caring engagement is the antidote to a poison of ambition – treating others as a means to an end. It makes leading more than an idea, but part of your nature.
And its impact endures beyond the end of your career.