I dare you to be curious
Leadership doesn’t always happen in front of everyone, in speeches or big events. Leadership also happens during short, intimate hallway moments when you connect with one of your developers.
It could be as simple as turning “How’s it going?” from a time-filling statement into a real question that you’re intently curious about. A question that causes you to stop everything and wait for the answer. To ask a follow-up question and pay attention to what they say (and how they say it.)
Sixty seconds of curiously about how they are doing. Sixty seconds of listening, nodding, and encouraging them to continue without breaking in.
It’s a small price to pay, but it’s how loyalty is built. One small moment at a time, on a random Wednesday morning, when you take the time to show you care.
I dare you to try it and see what happens.