MVP: If we care and trust, we let people take the lead in their own growth.
I may care about you, but does that mean that I trust you?
If I trust you, do I listen well enough to help you lead your own growth?
In his incredible 1971 treatise, On Caring, Milton Mayeroff said that if we really care about someone, we help them grow in the ways in which they determine. We take their lead in the process, in contrast to us trying to remake them in our image or turn them into what we want them to be.
When we listen closely, people will tell us what they need and what they are ready for. They may not do it consciously and they may be unaware of it themselves, but in being present and listening, leaders gain insight into the needs of those they serve.
Today’s intention: Ask one person: “If you could snap your fingers and magically be better at doing one thing, what would it be?” Listen and reflect.