Brian Smyth recently wrote in his new book, Managing to be Human, “We are only as good as our relationships”. What he meant by this is that as leaders, we do not physically get things done; rather we rely on others to make it happen. To have these relationships to enable this is extremely powerful. In fact it is the appropriate use of this power that truly leads people towards a common vision, purpose or goal.
So how do leaders do this? How do they establish relationships in the first place and then, through ups and downs, maintain them? In truth it is not rocket science although much has been written. Often, we over think this subject or try to make it fit into our own mould or perception of what we think it should be.
Working off the premise that being effective as leaders is predicated on establishing solid relationships, what are some key elements? Read more