It’s the responsibility of leaders to help teams succeed. Leaders provide resources, support and remove roadblocks.
We often think of these provisions as providing “something.” Money, talent, services, equipment, time, space, etc.
Most of the time this works. The provision meets the need.
But sometimes the team needs something more. People need the leader. Not the title or position, but the person. They need you.
They need you to care. They need you to listen. They need you to make time. They need you to think with them. They need your undivided, uninterrupted attention for 30 minutes. The need you present. They need your heart. They need five minutes of praise. Sometimes, they need you to put them first.
Next time you’re assessing the needs of your time, give careful thought to whether they need something, or someone.
And then consider that someone may be you.