Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership – Relationships
Today, let’s look at the element of relationships. Someone might argue that you can be a good leader without being good at relationships. My response to this is—maybe, but not for long. Healthy people just don’t stick around a leader who is relationally challenged. Leaders with low emotional intelligence eventually sabotage their relationships with their team. Paychecks might keep those team members around for a while, but few are willing to endure a damaging environment just for money.
Healthy leaders become good at people skills. They deepen their emotional intelligence:
- Self awareness.
- Self management.
- Social awareness.
- Relationship management.
In doing so, they retain good team members and those team members appreciate in value. Quality leaders build these skills in themselves:
- They’re a host. (They take initiative with others).
- They’re a doctor. (They know how to probe with good questions).
- They’re a counselor. (They know how to actively listen and empathize).
- They’re a tour guide. (They can take someone on a journey and succeed).
So here are my questions for you:
- Have you ever sabotaged a relationship because of poor people skills?
- Do you diminish your influence because you can’t relate well with others?
- Where are you strong? Where are you weak in your relational skills?
- What action step must you take to deepen your relationships with others?