I am a simple person in many aspects of life. Leadership is one of those aspects.
I spoke with an associate yesterday, and asked her a simple question around what is the first thing a leader (one who leads people) must do? Her answer was that a leader must first speak with clarity. I agree with her…with emphasis. Today, I asked her about the second thing, and she said a leader must connect. How powerful and profound were her responses.
If your a leader of people you can almost guarantee success if you do what my associate recommended. The following outlines why:
- People will follow someone who can "paint" a picture of the who, the what and the why of the organization.
- People want you to connect because they want to know that you REALLY want to know them, and care about who they are.