Leadership in Social Care – Magnetism

What determines whether the people you want are the people you get isn’t what you want, it is who you are. This is the law of magnetism in leadership.

For arguments sake let us assume you wanted people who are entrepreneurs but you do not possess any entrepreneurial skills. Let’s say you want exceptional leaders but you are only average at best. You will struggle to attract these people as the people you describe are not the type who will want to follow you. Who you are is who you attract.

Leaders help to shape the culture of their organisation based on who they are and what they do. Maybe you’ve started thinking about the people that you have attracted in your organisation. You may think there are plenty of things which make yourself different from others within your organisation. This is true as everyone is an individual but the people who are most drawn to you will probably have more similarities than differences, especially in a few key areas.


Rarely are positive and negative people attracted to one another. People who view life as a series of opportunities and exciting challenges will not want to hear others talk about how bad things are all the time. Attitude is one of the most contagious qualities we possess. People with good attitudes tend to make people around them feel more positive. Those with a terrible attitude tend to bring others down.


People are attracted to values similar to their own. Think of your core values such as respect. Could you work with someone who has poor manners with no concern for his colleagues? The answer is most likely no as your values do not align. In many organisations, key questions at interview are how do you meet our values, which is a good way of filtering out anyone who doesn’t meet the requirements of that organisation.


People with similar levels of energy are attracted to one another because when a high energy person is paired with a low energy person, there is a lack of synergy. The high energy colleague will become annoyed at the perceived laziness of the low energy colleague.


People are attracted to talent and excellence, especially in their field. They are most likely to respect and follow someone who possesses their kind of talent. For example, creative people want to follow others who can think outside of the box whilst footballers want to follow a great coach. Like attracts like.

Leadership ability

Finally, the people you attract will have leadership ability similar to your own. As stated in my previous blog on respect, people naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.

If you are dissatisfied with the leadership ability of people you are attracting, increase your leadership skills. If you want to grow an organisation, grow a leader. If you find the people you are attracting to be unreliable or untrustworthy, then examine your character. It can be difficult, but good character improves every aspect of a person’s life.

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