The nurse who helped you recover from surgery.
The leader who saw your potential and encouraged you to fulfill it.
The coach who focused 100% on you, your purpose, and your definition of success.
We hear a lot about ‘influencers,’ the person with 8 million Twitter followers, the speaker standing in front of the crowds or working with the masses.
Large-scale leadership is important. But when it comes down to it, the people who often make the biggest difference in our lives are those who take a personal interest, regard us as individuals, and make us feel like we are the most important person in the room.
This week, care for one person at a time.
Opportunities to do so will appear before you all week long:
Listening deeply to the employee struggling with work/life balance.
Sincerely complimenting the child who put outstanding effort into her project.
Mailing a handwritten card to the speaker who facilitated your company lunch-and-learn this month.
One person at a time can bring meaning, purpose, and a sense of mattering into a life, and the ripple effect will extend that further. Just look at Mother Teresa as an example of this!
Who will be your next ‘one person’?