On 12/12/12 I outlined a process I call The 12 (Leadership) Days of Christmas. If you have been following along you know that. If not, check out the beginning (with links to the other days) to understand what we are doing and why.
In the song there are ten lords a leaping. As a leader you may have 2, 10 or 200 people that you lead, but if you want them to be “a leaping” at work – doing their work with passion and engagement, you play a pivotal role.
Today’s task leads to the gift of greater engagement, productivity, passion and more. And it starts with these questions.
How would I characterize my relationships with those on my team?
What efforts do I take regularly to intentionally build these relationships?
What is the most important thing I could do to nurture or grow a relationship with someone on my team today?
People want to be lead by people they know, like, and trust. All three of these factors relate to relationships. People don’t need to know everything about you and you don’t have to know every detail about their lives either – and if you have many on your team you wouldn’t be able to do that even if you wanted to.
Don’t make that an excuse.
You will be a more influential and effective leader if you have better, deeper and more meaningful relationships with those you lead.
Do something today and everyday to build and nurture relationships. Make that your gift to yourself and your team today.
Fun fact – Did you know that the 10 Lords a Leaping, represent the 10 Commandments?