Any fool can show up to an event, say, “Woohoo, we support you,” and leave. Showing up is minimal effort, even if it doesn’t seem like it. People who don’t do much can make the mundane feel arduous and their achievement momentous. Showing up is the bare minimum.
A decent leader breezes by and says, “good work. I love what you’re doing, don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.”
An invested leader shares in your enthusiasm and challenges you to look forward by asking, “What happens next? What has to happen for you to achieve that?” They offer their contact information and let you decide if you want their help on those things you discussed or not. And if you do, they help you.
Can you respond to criticism like an effective leader, or do you react like a lousy leader?
Can you change your opinion based on new information, or does dogma trap you?
Can you relate to those you lead, or do you merely tolerate them as a means to an end?