Relevant relationships begin with the understanding that they are all about other people. There cannot be a relevant relationship that is built on selfishness and “what I can get out of it”. A relevant relationship is centered on the other person. There are four key pieces to the puzzle of any relevant relationship with the people around you.
First, there must be authenticity. Authenticity breeds authenticity – and nobody wants a leader who is aloof and fake.
Second, relevant relationships must have availability. Leaders need to be available to the people around them for their times of crisis and times of need especially.
Third, a relevant relationship is built upon listening. Sometimes leaders need to simply sit down and listen for a while.
Finally, the glue that holds a relevant relationship together is caring. Even if a leader does not have the best interpersonal skills, they will have a life full of relevant relationships if they simply care about the people around them.
What’s the Recipe for Relevant RELATIONSHIPS
Authenticity + Availability + Listening + Caring = Relevant Relationship Soup
Relevant relationships are all about other people…. Who are your relationships all about?
Relevant relationships gain impact when leaders truly care….. Do you truly care about the people around you?
Relevant relationships take effort, intentionality, and time….. Are you willing to work hard for relevant relationships?
Kenton Lee works with student leaders on a daily basis and is committed to helping them be relevant in all areas of life. Got a question for Kenton? Email him.