Treating people with compassion, respect, and kindness should always be in style!
I’d like you to stop just for a moment and think about your interactions with the C-Suite in your company, or even the director level and above.
What level of interaction do you have with them?
How much respect do you garner them when you interact with them?
Do you compliment them when the opportunity presents itself (or even when it doesn’t)? This could be on their choice of tie or top, could be on ideas or performance…anything.
How do you react when they tell you something you don’t necessarily want to hear or agree with?
What kind of pause do you take when they ask you a question or for information?
Now, think about your interactions with your employees and answer the same questions. Are the answers similar or vastly different?
If they’re similar, then good for you! That means that you’re treating your people as you should – with respect. But, if they are vastly different, then you’ve got some work to do.
Part of self-care is how you treat others. How, you ask? Well, the better you treat others, the better you’ll feel – because you were a good person AND because they’ll treat you better in return.
We’ve all heard of the golden rule – treat others as you want to be treated. I truly believe that karma is truly real and you will receive what you put into the universe – whether it’s how you treat others or how you conduct yourself overall.
This is not the time, nor the place, to have a leader vs. manager debate, but I think we can all agree that a true leader is someone who lifts, encourages, and treats others with respect. How you treat everyone you interact with is a part of this – from the directors to the boots-on-the-ground employees.
What’s one thing you can do today to put yourself on the right trajectory to treat everyone with respect, kindness, and compassion? Who is one person you can compliment today that it would be really impactful for?
When you are in service of others, you are practicing self-care by bringing all the good things back to you! (And it’s super easy to compliment someone – doesn’t cost you a thing, but helps others feel good).