I came across this quote by Chief Dan George and thought how well it relates to leaders:
“If you talk to the animals, they will talk with you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears one destroys.”
What a powerful statement! The same can be applied to humans. If you talk to your people, they will talk with you and you will know each other. Getting to know each other is essential to building working partnerships.
I think many leaders, whether they are managers, supervisors or are any type of leadership role, tend to think that they should keep their distance to be seen as “the leader”. The opposite is true. When you as a leader take time to talk to and understand your people you show true strength and that makes you a leader people want to follow. I should know, I was one.
Take a few minutes to connect to and talk to at least one colleague, staff member or employee. You will be rewarded two-fold.