Add Value to Your Followers

Leaders need to add value to people, not just receive it.

John C. Maxwell emphasizes the humanization of leadership when he says that before you lead people, you must find them as a person. They need to want to get there. Maxwell explains that followers internally ask leaders three things:

  1. Do you like me? –This identifies if the leader has compassion.
  2. Can you help me? –This identifies if the leader is competent.
  3. Can I trust you? –This identifies if the leader has good character.

Adding Value is a Two-Way Street

It’s the leader’s job to add value to people, not just to receive it from them. Adding value goes both ways, so look for how you can add it back to your team. It really is common sense isn’t it–do you like being around just “takers”? No. So be diligent, and develop the self-awareness to give back, especially if you want your employees to stick around.


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