You’ve heard it before, “Leadership is not a title. Leadership is influence.” Truth.
None of us like to be micromanaged. But, I think we would agree that it’s nice if those who lead us also know us, know what we are working on, and notice us.
Let’s start simple. If you are currently in a leadership role, good for you! When was the last time you stopped by the office of someone who worked for you, sat down (if they aren’t too busy), asked, “How are you?”, and listened-full engagement-to the response?
If you are not currently in a leadership role, who cares? You can still have influence! Stop by a colleague’s office today (if they aren’t too busy) and ask, “How are you?” and listen-full engagement-to the response.
The person may not reveal too much at first, but if you keep doing “the stop by”, they will open up, feel valued, and dare I say, feel loved!