Caring Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Leadership Tip: You can know someone’s going through something without needing to know what someone’s going through.

They let me know they were going through something. 

They might not be present.
They might not be fully present.
They might not contribute today.

No details. But enough of a window into their personal life for me to:

Be understanding
Accommodate
Check-in

Care.

I advocate for getting results by getting to know, understanding, and supporting people – the whole person – no “leave your personal life at home.”

And there’s often a resistance to “learning about a person’s personal life.”

But time and again, I’ve learned that you can know, understand, and support a person without needing to wade into the details.

You can know someone’s going through something without needing to know what someone’s going through.