Leaders beware! Apathy leads to atrophy!
If you get careless as a leader, soon enough you couldn’t care less.
It’s easy to get wrapped up you your own drama. What’s going on at home, in family relationships, in personal finances and forget about the deadlines and challenges at work. The opposite is true as well sometimes we are so focused on work we seem uncaring about all those other relationships outside of the bottom line.
Remember this, the rest of your team is made up of humans too.
When we get cloudy in our focus on others, we forget they also have lives and needs and families and personal drama. A myopic leader doesn’t have the capacity to care about those problems in someone else’s life.
If you allow yourself to compartmentalize issues in order to steer around them you may seem uncaring. If you allow that perceived apathy to stay, others will eventually become convinced you you care about them at all. Soon, you will not be kept in the loop. You won’t know when a team members os truly hurting or in trouble in some way.
Don’t lose focus on goals and objectives, but remember to care for and about the people you lead while you still have the right and opportunity to do so.
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