Wave Your Light Like You Do Care
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”
- James Keller
I don’t care
I don’t care
Sometimes we care and sometimes we really don’t care.
What does the message of saying “I don’t care” send?
Positive or negative?
I believe as leaders it is vital to care.
Caring is a significant part of exhibiting leadership. I started thinking early this week about how important it is as a leader to express care for others.
Here is a quick video blog that I shared to get us all thinking about...CARE!
Before I ask you how you care for others, I want you to think of a time that you were cared for. Take a few minutes to search your memory bank.
In that moment of someone caring for you what did you feel? How did you respond? (Willing to share, drop me a comment).
In some instances we may first jump to the intent of why a person is caring for us. What is their motive? What are they wanting from me? They don’t really care about me.
Are you trying to be brave and telling the person you do not need their care? Is your inner voice saying I got this, I can do it all on my own. Are you trying to control everything and not let someone in to help?
Would if we let someone care about us? Even the most unlikely person.
I’ve thrown more questions out about caring this week because I think all of us need to reflect on the idea of care a bit more.
Yes, I believe in being strong, brave and resilient but would if we let our guard down a little. If we are more attentive to others we give each other space to be vulnerable which then leads others to have the capacity to grow. . .
Truly caring for those we lead we will:
Build confidence in them
I leave you with the following questions: How will you create space to care for others? How will you pay attention to those who are creating space to show you kindness and concern without thinking there is a hidden agenda?
Please share, I would love for you to share your ideas and strategies.
We will come back to the concept of CARE in a future post.
But for now go out there into the world and wave your light like you do care!