Leadership is essentially defined as the act of assuming command, or taking charge, over a group of other people. By this definition, leadership is a duty that inherently depends on interacting with others. This means that having the capacity to build strong interpersonal connections is a skill that directly contributes to the effectiveness of a leader. The more people a leader is responsible for overseeing, the more obligated a leader is to show accountability. The easiest way to demonstrate accountability furthermore is to build relationships that are marked by openness, trust and mutual respect.
Influence feeds on the type of connection a leader can establish with followers. This is primarily because having strong connections with employees bolsters trust. When employees trust their leaders, it’s easier for them to focus on achieving organizational objectives with discipline and concentration. Consequently, investing in good relationships with employees is one of the best decisions a leader can make in pursuit of success. Transcending the formal relationship between manager and employee in order to form a more sincere social bond creates mutual loyalty. Four central principles can be relied upon to guide any attempt to establish connections with employees. They are as follows:
1. Demonstrate Integrity: An honorable person is the easiest person to trust or be aligned with. Practicing basic ethical behavior such as honesty, respect, transparency, kindness, and so on, communicates a desire to be genuine with how you relate to employees. This is a message that is essential for employee morale and professionalism because whether consciously or not, employees are inclined to reflect the character of their superiors towards colleagues and clients. The more integrity a leader demonstrates therefore, the more integrity employees will pra! ctice in kind.
2. Exercise Emotional Intelligence: The phrase “out of touch” is often used to describe leaders who are experiencing ineffectual relationships with their followers. Being out of touch is a general way of describing a situation whereby someone isn’t using emotional intelligence to make others feel appreciated or understood. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to empathize by considering other people’s needs before one’s own. As is the case with integrity, the more emotional intelligence a leader displays, the more admiration employees will show! back in kind. When employees feel appreciated or understood by leadership, the sense of loyalty generated will make their work feel validated beyond a paycheck.
3. Make the First Move: The golden rule is infamous – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The idea behind this universal rule is simple. Expecting other people to do things for you, that you aren’t willing to do for them, is unreasonable. This idea applies to employee relationships. If a leader expects to connect with followers, said leader has to be willing to engage proactively and convey what type of a connection is desired with others. In a world full of passive people distracted by endless information and busy schedules, being the t! ype of person who steps up first to build relationships sends a strong message of earnest initiative.
4. Remember to Lead: Friendship my help people lead with compassion, but leading is a responsibility that doesn’t always call for friendship. In the effort to connect with people, always remember that above forming friendships, people look to leaders for decisiveness, guidance, and strength. Getting caught up in forming interpersonal connection more than projecting leadership can undermine authority irreversibly depending on the environment.
Strong leadership is a balancing act. Finding the happy medium between firm authority and compassionate friendship is the key to building sincere relationships with employees. There is no instant solution to the question of how to establish good connections with a workforce. Every meaningful approach to this issue requires dedicated, continuous effort. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.