Does my boss or someone else at work care about me as a person?

The boss that I worked for in the in the mid 1990’s took our department out one Saturday to a paint ball field for games. By the end of the day of shooting at each other, I am sure the laughter was ringing throughout the woods. That Saturday Darren, my boss, transitioned into a partner and friendships were established for a lifetime.


Five Magic Questions Leaders Should Ask

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I have discovered in my encounters both as a subordinate and as a leader, that relationships and trust are crucial for effective leadership.

The second question that every successful leader should ask is whether they are really compassionate and caring towards their workers. I often express to my fellow leaders that they should practice compassion and care with their followers, which, is not displayed in the form that warrants the summoning of the ethical code of conduct in the firm.

Ellis (2013, p. 4) asserts that an effective leader in the twenty first century is one who is transformational, as depicted in their tendency to be people-oriented, as opposed to task-oriented.

As indicated by Hornung et al (2011, p. 59) employees tend to be very happy and satisfied with their work when they realize that their leaders genuinely care about their well-being. Maslow describes the need by leaders to be compassionate under the need for belongingness and love (Maslow, 1943).

In order for workers to remain productive and efficient, they ought to feel cared for and appreciated.

Aspects of caring are actively finding ways to relate with your employees, genuinely show interest in their significant others, be open and transparent with them, foster friendly relations, make them apart of your life and participate in their activities, and find new ways to share experiences with them. 

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