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Bootstrap Leadership by Steve Arneson

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25Who Are These People?

Get to Know Your Team Members

LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE. You can’t truly be a leader if you don’t enlist other people to help you get things done. The simple truth is that leaders need people as much as people need leadership; it’s hard to accomplish anything of great magnitude alone. Great leaders understand this, and work hard to empower, develop, and take care of their people. And it all starts with getting to know them—beyond simply their status as employees.

How well do you know your people? When you have direct reports, or an extended team, you need to really understand what makes each one of them unique. Where do they come from? What gets them excited? Why do they work for you? People want to be connected ...

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