“Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking; you can’t buy friendships.” – Lindsay Fox
This year I am focusing on everyday leaders. Not those who hold a formal position of authority, but those of us who, through our behaviors, have the ability to influence and inspire those around us just by being us. This is the eighth installment of articles that focus on one specific behavior that can make a huge difference in our ability to impact the lives of others.
This month I want to talk about relationships. What do relationships have to do with being an everyday leader? Relationships are the foundation for every business and personal transaction. Everyday leaders are expert relationship builders. The relationships they develop allow them to influence and inspire others. So, what do relationships look like in everyday leadership?
Relationships are built on trust, and with trust you can accomplish almost anything. Everyday leaders are those who prove that they can be trusted and who invest in the building of relationships with those they work with. When you have the trust necessary to build these strong relationships you gain influence over others, this influence makes you an everyday leader.
Communication is at the very core of how we get things done. When you have open, two-way communication, you become a leader. Everyday leaders bring people together by sharing information and experiences. They show they have a genuine interest and respect for those they work with. When you facilitate inclusive conversations, you become an everyday leader.
No one wants a fake friend. Your authenticity is inviting; people get to know and like you. When you are authentic, you are able to truly connect with others. This authentic connection allows you to become an everyday leader.
Everyday leaders build strong relationships. They develop the trust that is the foundation for great relationships. They facilitate and encourage open communication. Their authenticity allows them to truly connect with others. Through the relationships they develop, everyday leaders make an impact on the lives of those around them.
How can you start building strong relationships today?
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