RELATIONSHIPS IN LEADERSHIP BY FRANCIS ABBAH

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“With all certainty, the kind of relationships that we form and maintain will be one of the factors that will determine how far we can go in our leadership journey” – Francis Abbah

Relationships make or break us. They either stretch us or make us confine in our comfort zone. They can take us far, or bring us backwards. They can help us maximize our potential or make our potential not developed and useful. And in all likelihood, most of our happy moments were filled with the right relationships and our most sad moments were also filled with the wrong relationships.

Relationships influence almost every aspect of our lives. And as the scriptures rightly states, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

Herminia Ibarra was right when she stated that “Relationships hold the key to both your current capacity and future success” and that “acting like a leader, then, is not just about what you do, but also about the kind of company you keep.”

With all certainty, the kind of relationships that we form and maintain will be one of the factors that will determine how far we can go in our leadership journey.

There are many kinds of relationships. However, for the purpose of this writing, we will take a closer look at three different kinds of relationships that you as a leader will need in your leadership journey and will also need to foster the development of your leadership potential

The first kind of relationships that you as a leader will need are strategic relationships or what I call purposeful relationships. These include relationships with people who can help you achieve the very purpose of your life and or the purpose of your entity. These relationships are very essential if you are going to develop your potential as a leader.

The second type of relationships that are needed are Operational Relationships. These are relationships that can help you grow in your career or occupation. These relationships are needed if you are to develop in your profession.

Lastly, you will also need the third type of relationships which are the personal relationships or what I will call the covenant friendships. These are people we call covenant friends who will be with you through “thick and thin”, through your up moments and your down moments, who love you genuinely and will always be there for you.

Relationships can take us up or bring us down. And one of the beauties about relationships is that it is a choice. For we choose who we want to have a relational connection with or not. We choose who we want to associate with or not associate with.

Fabbah Leadership Consult

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