It is not difficult for many employees and team members to pigeonhole their leaders based on how they see them. On the other hand, many leaders are laboring and doing their utmost best for their followers to see them as fair, just, considerate, firm, equitable and friendly to all staff. There are some leaders who don’t give a damn about what others think as long as they are getting and delivering results. Any leader must know that people will discuss them anyway, whether they are friendly or mean.
The way team members and followers perceive a leader reflects how they relate to them, whether they will maintain a deep relationship or a casual one. Kindness is a great attribute of leadership. It is the magic leaders use to win allies and break the ranks of adversaries. Many individuals can resist the temptation of ingratitude, but they always fall for acts of kindness genuinely offered and without strings attached.
Kindness is a key to success, and it is of great value in leadership. For a leader, many of them will be more effective if they make kindness a huge part of their composite nature and not a one-off thing they dish out at their convenience or at intervals. As a matter of fact, kindness should be how the leader treats himself and the matters that concerns his interest. It is the principle of stating what is good for yourself is equally good for others and should be offered to them without fetters or strings attached. Sometimes, it is delivered sacrificially to demonstrate love, appreciation and personal gratitude but that should reflect the nature and essence of the leader.
Kindness is how leaders deflate the fear of insecurity among their teams and reflate their ego to perform optimally. Where kindness is on display, the unity and ambience of friendship takes a wonderful dimension and each person protects the interest of the other and that of the organization. They work tirelessly to protect the overall interest of the firm by going the extra mile because they know that kindness shown to one person will return with higher dividend.
Kindness in the form of goodwill, interest in another’s career, warm embrace, empathy or due consideration inspires other people to achieve better results than when it is absent. When a leader has done all by applying the laws governing the workplace with little or no success, they should try kindness. Through kind acts, opposing forces are converted to one’s favour and success begins to emerge with torrential force.