How can you improve your personal relationships with the people you lead
What can a person do to manage and cultivate good relationships as a leader? It requires three things:
1. Understand people: If you deal with every customer in the same way, you will only close twenty-five percent to thirty percent of your contacts, because you will only close one personality type. But if you learn how to effectively work with all four personality types, you can conceivably close one hundred percent of your contacts.
2. Love people: Being a leader is more than just wanting to lead. Leaders have empathy for others and a keen ability to find the best in people . . . not the worst . . . by truly caring for others.
You cannot be a truly effective leader unless you love people.
3. Help people: If your focus is on what you can put into people rather than what you can get out of them, they’ll love and respect you—and those attributes are great foundations for building relationships.
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
2 Corinthians 9:13
By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
“I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have.”
Leaders Leading Leaders OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO EMPOWERMENT
Leading well is not about enriching yourself—it’s about empowering others. Only empowered people can reach their potential. When a leader can’t or won’t empower others, he creates barriers within the organization that followers cannot overcome.
When leaders fail to empower others, it is usually due to three main reasons:
1. Desire for Job Security
2. Resistance to Change
3. Lack of Self-Worth
The truth is that empowerment is powerful—not only for the person being developed, but also for the mentor. Enlarging others makes you larger. It is an impact you can experience as a leader as long as you are willing to believe in people and give your power away.