It’s not so much what you do for others, but what they feel you do for them

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. –  Mark Twain 

You might be doing 110% for your people, and putting in so much personal effort that it sometimes hurts. But that effort might be misplaced if the people you do the work for cannot appreciate what you’ve done for them.

Most pop culture icons are portrayed as the “silent but misunderstood heroes” that do the work but get not the appreciation. 

You have to put in the effort, it’s true, but you also have to do so in a productive manner. First off, no one likes a nosey person. So do not think you can intervene and help others unless you are requested to do so. Secondly, make sure that the people you intervene for are worthwhile and deserving of your hardship.

As a leader you are more often than not the most visible member of the team. As such, do not hide your actions from your people. Be proactive in the activities you do to uplift and better your team members. 

Have a nice and positive attitude, be encouraging to others and be supportive of their goals, professional or otherwise. 

If said goals align with your corporate goals, all the more reason to be actively and publicly supportive and encouraging. 

Put in the effort to actively care about your people and it will show. And in return, your people will care for you.

On the flip side, take care and distance yourself from people who belittle either your ambitions or the ambitions of your team mates. It takes only one rotten apple to spoil the bunch. Keep an open ear and make sure that other than you yourself setting an example, others beneath you follow your example or at least not actively deter from it. Do so and you’ll be fine.


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