WISDOM
Leaders Need Caregiving Too

09/30/2020

Chances are, you know several people who are leaders. And guess what? Leaders need caregiving too. Your neighbor who is in management, a friend who runs a small business, and even your pastor – they are human beings with feelings, fears, and challenges. At one time or another, we all need kindness and a listening ear, even if one’s job title conveys, “person in charge.” Are you the person who can provide that caregiving? Who knows! Maybe you are. Read on to discover questions to ask someone who has a leadership title.

Questions to Ask When You Don’t Know Much About a Leader’s Job

Even if you know nothing about your friend’s job, you can still be a sounding board. In fact, they might appreciate talking with someone who has no “skin in the game” regarding their place of employment. Consider asking questions such as:

  • I don’t know much about your business, but I’d love to hear more
  • What is your specific job at ____________?
  • What is your favorite part of your job?
  • What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

Compassionate Questions to Ask a Leader

Even if you don’t want to get very specific about a leader’s workplace, you can certainly still Care Well for them. Here are some great all-purpose caregiving questions to ask a person who is facing stress or challenges at work:

  • I know you’re going through a rough time; how are you really?
  • What worries you the most?
  • What do you see as your options?
  • As a leader, you must “put on the oxygen mask first”; what are you doing for your own self-care?

As you can see, even if you thought, “How could I possibly help someone who is a leader?” you can! All it takes is a bit of thought and paying attention to someone who seems down, or like they could use a friend to talk to.

For more articles like this, see Caring for Leaders and How to Energize Our Pastors.

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