"The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel" - Proverbs 12:10.
The wisdom writer was describing farmers, who realize they must take good care of their work animals since they are the ones doing the work that feeds their families. If that was true of farmers and the relationships with their oxen and bulls, how much more should leaders take good care of those who make the leaders look good by doing good work? Yet some leaders feel it below them to give special treatment to those in their employ, feeling that somehow that makes them weak or will cause the workers to take advantage of them and their kindness.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Do you know what each of your team members needs to receive 'special treatment?' For one, it may be time off; for another, special recognition; for another, a bonus. Today take some time to find out what you can to take care of the needs of each of your team members, remembering that each person is different and what motivates or blesses you may not be true for them. Once you find out what it is, then find a way to do it for them regularly.