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By Bill Thomas
Thursday, April 24, 2003
The Leader's Nature is to Nurture!
By: Bill Thomas
Want to see your role as leader in a different light?
Leaders have the great joy and privilege to empower people
in fascinating ways. Leaders have the power to cultivate,
water and nurture everyone inside or outside their
organizations. When serving the growth and prosperity needs
of their followers, leaders can experience the thrilling
warmth and unique excitement of accomplishment. That
feeling of satisfaction can not be compared to anything
Weaving threads of healing, generosity and compassion into
the social fabric of your leadership roles will earn you
the unfailing allegiance, loyalty and trust of your
followers - even your superiors will recognize your value
as an effective leader.
To be an agency of healing or compassion, you must reach
out to people with an air of respectful appreciation for
their abilities, desires and victories. Everyone you meet
needs your empathy - they want you to show them that you
hope for a better future for them, you believe in the best
prospects for them, and that you're willing to endure with
them through their challenges.
When people see that you understand and internalize their
values and ideals they will believe in your ability to
lead them and to help them transform their dreams into
Effective leaders train people to use the Socratic method
for self-examination and improvement purposes. By educating them, you provide them with the means to sustain the nurturing process over time. In other words, teach them to fish and they will develop the self-reliant ability to diagnose their own needs for healing and feed their growth.
Leaders who nurture and bring healing to their people also
see all their relationships and surroundings as intertwined
entities in a woven tapestry - where people and resources
form essential patterns, and behave as partners engaged in
continual, synergistic processes of give-and-take.
Because most personal and organizational values tend to
instill an attitude of compassion towards others or
encourage the sharing of their prosperity with less
fortunate people, leaders should feel energized to use
those proactive and nurturing-based principles to act
While those acts of generosity may appear to be signs of
weakness or wimpiness, there is ample evidence to prove
that these traits actually lead to strong support and
applause from business, political and other community
The choice is yours to make. You can lead by being
inconsiderate and disrespectful of your environment, or you
can take the "high road" and lead by being a shining
example of goodness, mercy, beneficence, kindness and
charity in all your encounters with people.
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About the Author: Bill Thomas is Author of "The
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Bill Thomas is Managing Principal and Senior Vice-President of Mustard Seed Investments, Inc. He consults with clients in over 75 countries on various business, organizational leadership, creativity and technology issues. He also writes and lectures on new models, skills and resources for knowledge work and the Knowledge Economy.
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