At work, we often take things at face value and fail to see the hardships someone is facing every day. Sometimes a person doesn't fight a battle with the strength of their biceps, but they must turn inward to find their mental and emotional power.
We are surrounded by people who are silently battling daily but show up every day at work with a smile. As leaders, it's so important to create a great and safe work environment that allows people to reach out for help. Someone may be fighting an addiction, or someone may have a sick child at home or maybe a single parent fighting every day to hold their home together.
We don't know, and we may never know, which is why you should always show respect and kindness to everyone. There are amazing and strong people who show up for work every day, giving it their all to help their organization fulfill its purpose but silently fighting battles we know nothing about.