"He Really Wants to Know His Team"

I was reading an article the other day about a serial entrepreneur and his story of failure and success. It was the typical story about how he had an idea, built it up, had struggles, etc.

But one part resonated with me. Someone who had worked with him in multiple places was asked why he was so well respected and she said "he really wants to know his team".

My first thought - that is awesome! Good for him.

My second thought - how said that wanting to know your team well is unusual.

That should be the first criteria for any manager and for any promotion. Does she know her team, does she treat them humanely, and do they respect her as a person.

If the answer is "no" to any of those three questions, they shouldn't be leading anything or anyone.