How To Lead A Team With Empathy And Kindness
Source | LinkedIn | Gary Vaynerchuk | Chairman of VaynerX, CEO of VaynerMedia, 5-Time NYT Bestselling Author
Empathy and kindness aren’t normally seen as qualities you need to lead a team.
But I believe in them so much.
Most people overlook the importance of being able to show emotion.
Even if you think of yourself as an empathetic or kind person, becoming a leader will change how you exercise that empathy.
At VaynerMedia, we’ve got 700+ employees. And as CEO, it’s my job to make sure that they feel safe at work.
Here are some things I think about when I lead my team:
1. DON’T ASK PEOPLE TO “EARN YOUR TRUST”
I give trust more than most CEOs would.
Giving trust is offense. I think people say “no” too often because they fear ramifications.
Many are also driven by ego. A lot of people don’t want their direct reports to be better at something than them because they’re insecure.
I empower my team to make their own decisions. For example, Andy runs my personal brand team. And I don’t talk to him much at all.
I give feedback, but I let him lose and win on his own and learn.