In the Way of the Shepherd, the first principle is Know the Condition of Your Flock. Following are the sub-points mentioned in the book:
1. Follow the status of your people as well as the status of the work.
2. Get to know your flock, one sheep at a time.
3. Engage your people on a regular basis.
4. Keep your eyes and ears open, question, and follow through.
Additionally the book A Coach’s Guide to Developing Exemplary Leaders has some good questions to use to get to know your people better:
What is most important to you in your professional life? Why?
What are your long-term interests? What are your aspirations in regards to your career?
What are your dreams for the future? What is keeping you from realizing those dreams?
When looking at the key milestones in your life, what was it that kept propelling you forward?
If you were looking back at today from ten years into the future, what would you remember?
At your funeral, what do you hope people will say about you?
These are just a few questions to get you started. The key point is to be intentional about really getting to know your people on an individual basis. A lot of work, but well worth it!
Hope you have great week getting to know your team better!