This is not a trick question. Answering this correctly is critical to your leadership effectiveness. I often ask this question in my leadership development sessions just to check how participants' perspectives are shifting.
In one instance a leader told me:
I know what the answer should be, given the work we have done today but this is against what I have been told for a long time.
I don't know what you have believed to be true but, this is certainly not a chicken and egg situation.
Leaders are responsible for the people. That's our first responsibility as leaders. You can't put the cart before the horse no matter how eager and excited you are to get the job done.
In a world where leadership is shared, talent is distributed across the organisation and work is done remotely, the most effective leaders will be the ones who care for the people first before the result. We have seen a couple of great examples during this pandemic. We should not revert to our old ways when we return to normal, if that happens.
I don't know about you, but I am the result of leadership that put people before results.
Let's humanize the workplace.