Importance of relationships
As IÃ¢ÂÂve moved up the ranks in the credit union industry, it has become apparent that relationship building is just as important to my job as possessing requisite technical skills.
I believe this is true for anyone in a management or senior executive role. The more meetings you attend and the more speaking engagements youÃ¢ÂÂre invited to, the better your people skills should (or need to) be.
As stated in Forbes, Ã¢ÂÂas you climb the company ladder, you will rely far less on your proficiency with the business than your ability to work with people.Ã¢ÂÂ
As this transition occurs, the article recommends focusing on:
- inspiring and motivating those around you;
- building depth in relationships; and
- developing your communication skills.
That first point Ã¢ÂÂ learning to inspire and motivate others Ã¢ÂÂ is a great way to become more of a relationship-focused leader. Inc.com gives a few basic tips on developing this kind of leadership:
- Be candid but not a jerk. This means watching how you respond to an employee when he or she offers a seemingly far-fetched or off-topic idea during a meeting.
- Be decisive but beware of the Ã¢ÂÂbecause IÃ¢ÂÂm the bossÃ¢ÂÂ mentality.
- Respond but donÃ¢ÂÂt overreact. Ã¢ÂÂResponding requires thoughtfulness and tact. It's less emotionally driven and more solution-oriented,Ã¢ÂÂ the article states.
I definitely have areas of expertise in my job, but my first priority is being a leader. IÃ¢ÂÂve noticed that as I continue to develop my relational style of leadership, I am building a stronger team and therefore providing better results for my industry.