Over the years I have had the opportunity to work alongside some incredible leaders, one in particular stands out as the epitome of a leader who had really “broad shoulders.”
He kept an eye out for those in his organization who “looked off” and he was not afraid to approach them with questions that may lead to difficult answers. He would ask “really how are you?” till he either knew that you were really OK, or you told him exactly what was bothering you!
I really admired his ability to walk into the uncomfortable, and “be present” for his team.
Over the years I saw leaders in his organizations lean on him and so did I. For his dedication, the team responded with respect, love and loyalty- things money cannot buy.
I write this post because these are the kinds of leaders we need to navigate these turbulent times, & to remind us that if we have someone like this in our lives, we must:
-Appreciate and recognize their strength.
-Remember that if they are being strong for us, they are being strong for others - so let’s be mindful of the weight we put on them.
-Speak honestly about our challenges, but let’s not use them as a dumpster.
Finally, if you seek advice, and they offer a suggestion- follow through. Or next time there may not be that shoulder for us to lean on.