Could you show some interest in me when I ask you how you are?
Could you occasionally remember that I have issues, concerns, challenges – and ask me about them?
Could you engage in some water cooler small talk without making it a lecture?
Could you listen to me when I say I’ve got a cold/am struggling with a deadline/feel stressed . . . without telling me that you feel the same?
Could you try to develop me?
Could you show some interest in me please?
Could you develop yourself?
Could you become a little more self-aware . . . please?
Not rocket science.
Emotional intelligence at its simplest . . .