Being a leader doesn’t come as the Maslow’s pyramid of needs, after having satisfied ones, we’ll move on to others. Being a leader implies, right at the base, a series of needs, curiosities, capacities and pleasures – alongside.
In this line of thought, I recall something that happened to me many years ago. My first house in Lisbon was located in a street in between a Momument named: Palace of Needs and a cemetery named Pleasure cemetery. When I tried to explain my two friends that I lived right between “needs” and “pleasures”, they answered: don’t we all?
And that is it: the pleasure(s) of caring for people does not serve many people, but it serves the true leader. Therefore, in my conception, a self-respecting leader, a one who cares is a “CARE Leader”. And I use the acronym to say that more than to CARE, PAY ATTENTION to details, generate RAPPORT and work through your EMOTIONS, the “CARE Leader” is curious and willing to know more about his people
The leader’s curiosity is what makes the difference, is what distinguishes and goes beyond what is expected in a common context, facilitates personal transformation, mobilizes his people in a positive way and, above all, cultivates leaders around him (I work under the coordination of a very curious “CARE leader”).
“CARE leaders” also have their own needs (and not just their people). Servant leadership is an excellent type of leadership, but I recommend a both ways leadership. The needs of both the leader and the person next to them must be taken into account. Many actual leaders have a stong need of feeling confidence in their team and in their people, both individually and collectively. Trust is a must and needs to be worked on. Once it is gained, the results become quite evident.
I wanted to stay away from the Maslow pyramid but I have to mention Patrick Lencioni’s pyramid, which says that trust is the basis for a team to be cohesive and work well together.Only then do we talk about conflict, compromise, responsibility and, later on, about results, nevertheless, trust is the basis.
A “CARE Leader” is confident and generates trust. Trust and confidence are acheived because of the support of the team and likewise.
What about the leader’s skills of a leader? Not wanting to deify the leader, and just sticking to the earthly capacities, I would say that the rapport, the attention, the positive action, the capacity to influence, to give and, above all, the generosity and the initiative, are what we expect from a leader. The person we respect, we want to follow and would like to be.
Do you consider yourselfe a “CARE leader”?