Clearly Connected

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:

  1. People will follow someone who can "paint" a picture of the who, the what and the why of the organization.
  2. People want you to connect because they want to know that you REALLY want to know them, and care about who they are.