The best way to begin building authentic relationships is to map out your current relationships. This involves sitting down with a piece of paper and creating a map of each person with whom you have a working relationship. Do a quick assessment of those relationships by asking yourself three sets of questions about each person:
- Do you know what is important to them? Do you know what they are really after and what their priorities are? If you don’t, there’s probably a gap you need to address.
- Do you know anything personal about them? Are they a parent? What’s happening with their family? What do they like to do outside of work? Get to know the complete person.
- Do you know if each relationship is positive, neutral, or negative? If it is negative, ask yourself: “What could happen if this relationship continues to be bad or gets worse? Could it eventually threaten me or my organisation?"
The above leadership tip...
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