What a bout with cancer taught me about caring for the people I lead.
Leadership starts and stops with people. To lead well is to treat folks well.
A permanently swollen list of pressing issues, priorities, and problem-solving leaves little space for the softer sides of leading people—also known as personal attention. But must this be true? When a leader helps people feel individually cared for, a highly committed and do-whatever-it-takes culture will emerge.
I learned this to be a leadership truth, and the story starts in a physician’s office:
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David Staal serves as a consultant to the nonprofit sector following 11 years as President & CEO of a national organization (Kids Hope USA), 10 years in church staff leadership (Willow Creek Community Church), and a 13-year marketing career (Abbott Laboratories). A senior editor for Christianity Today International for 12 years, he also authored these books: