Being a leader is not always easy and can be very lonely. Being a Relational Leader takes a lot of courage, commitment and resilience and putting yourself out there. As the leader your shareholders expect you to grow the bottom-line and protect their investments. You’re expected to produce results, but you soon realize you cannot achieve this on your own. On top of that, you expect your team to put in the effort and hours to perform and produce and work closely and collaboratively.
The dilemma you face as a leader is that, even though it is your responsibility to produce the results, you cannot do it on your own and you need the team. Your team members rely on you for decision making, taking the right steps, and, leading them to success. However, if you do not have a solid relationship with your team, they may doubt your abilities, not respect you, or worse they will not trust you. This combination of perceptions will distinguish their desire to put in the needed effort to achieve the required results or be productive .You may be the leader, but you will need to build meaningful relationships with your team to gain their trust and command respect. Here are the top seven habits of great a Relational Leader.
Therefore, Relational Leaders strive for the trust of their team which is made possible through the forging of relationships.
Relational Leaders don’t need the approval of anyone. Relational Leaders are about what they give, and how that comes across, not what they’re getting out of it.