What Can We Learn About Leadership and Relationships?

PebblesI’m a colleague of Nan’s. She is now writing Part 3 of her new book, Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture that Will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation; so I offered to write a blog post.

I subscribe to a few online daily quotation services. I read them most mornings before beginning my day. These words often provide inspiration or a new way of thinking. Here is one that arrived in my inbox yesterday by American businessman and author Max De Pree, “Leadership is more tribal than scientific, more a weaving of relationships than an amassing of information.”

Unfortunately, in many workplaces today it is the opposite, leaders believe hoarding information is power and with that power brings authority and followership. Really? Have they looked recently at successful workplaces today?

So, what does it mean to be tribal? According to speaker and author of Tribes, Seth Godin, “A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader and connected to an idea.” OK, makes sense.

Now, what about the “weaving of relationships?” How do titleless leaders build good working relationships? Here are a few ways to spark your thinking?

  •  Operate with Trust – Trust begins with self-trust, pay attention to yourself and to your intentions, and give trust first. What does your trust barometer say?
  • Effectively Communicate – Share information clearly, continuously, timely and gather feedback from others. How are you communicating with those you work with?
  • Authentically Show Up – Set high standards for yourself, quiet your inner critic and stand for something. Are you bringing your best self to work?

What are more ways to develop good working relationships that you see in your workplace? Share your experiences. We’d love to hear.

And, check out Nan’s nePebblesw book releasing Fall 2013.