RELATIONSHIP—spending time with one another, getting to know one another, and going beyond just working together—is imperative. Leading well involves a depth of relationship that goes beyond partnership or collaboration. It flows within the communal theme mentioned above but goes further pressing into deep personal ties.
Daniel Amos, CEO of Aflac, caught this people-centered vision of leadership from his father and uncles. He remembers them saying,
“If you take care of your people, they’ll take care of the business.”
How can I grow as a relational, polycentric leader?
Do you value, build, and nurture relationships, even as you cast vision? People are desperate for friends and mentors. Are you just a leader, or are you a friend?