Last time we looked forward and asked the question "what?". What would this year end up looking like if I focused on developing the behaviors necessary to create more? This time let's become intentional about the process and ask the question "how?".
How do I create more value as a company performer, as well as more impact on the direction of our organization as a leader, and then how do I multiply these behaviors in the lives of others?
Lets set the course for this journey at true north. Our starting point must focus on the actions and activities of Jesus. Each day He was about His Father's business. He preached, healed and loved each day. He then mentored a small group of men to do the same. His life was a constant example to them. I am sure more was "caught than taught" as they lived and watched Him day in and day out. His last act of leadership before going to the cross for our sins was to encourage them to go and make disciples, to multiply the Gospel through the lives of many.
In order to build the relational capacity necessary to impact lives, you first need to invest your time. All relationships are essentially built on two questions: Can I trust you? And do you care? Once those questions are answered in the lives of others, the opportunity to influence begins. Jesus answered these two questions for the disciples and He answered them for us at Calvary.
This month we want to focus on three behaviors necessary for building relational capacity. Impactful leaders "see it and say it".
They understand the importance of ACKNOWLEDGING, APPRECIATING and AFFIRMING the efforts of others.
No one in an organization wants to be invisible. We all have the need to be recognized. A necessary skill for any leader is to "catch people doing something right". The natural default seems to be the opposite. We are usually acknowledged when we do something wrong. When we find ways to show appreciation it communicates that we care, that we value what they do. Finally a good leader affirms the efforts of others. They understand the motivational value of a sincere compliment.
Impactful leaders are INTENTIONAL about being RELATIONAL.
Developing relational skills leads to TRANSFORMATIONAL results.
Over the next three weeks we are going to unpack each of these three foundational relationship building behaviors as well as provide valuable tools for successful growth in each area.
We understand the heavy demands on your day and want to sincerely thank you for investing the time necessary to grow as a leader. Your commitment to personal growth will pay off not only in your own performance, but will greatly impact the lives of others. Keep up the good work and have a great week.
We leave you with this encouraging verse about the value of being intentional:
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 2 Peter 1:5-7