C = Connection

‘You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t go anywhere.’ – Lee Lacocca

The C in IMPACTFUL leadership stands for Connection which is a skill that I feel is sorely missing in business and life today.  Great leaders understand that connection is vital to forming relationships and so having clear communication.

Whilst good communication and leadership are all important, both in business and when working
with horses, it is connection that forms the essential foundation of this triage. This is because if you can
connect with others at all levels – one on one, in groups and with an audience – then relationships are stronger, your sense of community and belonging improves, your ability to create teamwork increases and your influence and productivity expands.

So what do we mean by connection? John C. Maxwell defines connection as:
“The ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.”

The benefits of learning to communicate and connect are immense: better personal and family relationships, better business relationships and in general a better experience of life.  According to the Harvard Business Review,

‘The number one criterion for advancement and promotion for professionals is an ability to communicate effectively’

which translates into developing better connections with the people around you. It is also important to remember that you need to be able to connect with yourself as well because if you cannot be honest with yourself and communicate freely with yourself about your needs and desires, then you clearly can’t articulate this to others. I have witnessed this on many occasions when people have needed or wanted help from others but have been unclear as to what it may be. When we don’t know what we want ourselves then we can’t articulate this to others.

As Zig Ziglar states: “If you first help people get what they want, they will help you get what you want.” The golden rule that when you are trying to connect with others is it is not about you, it is about them. So if you want to connect with others, you have to get over yourself. You have to focus on others and not yourself. This is equally true in business. As a leader you cannot be self-centred but rather you need to focus on the needs of your team members and customers because you won’t advance far in business if you cannot work through others. Successful people in business understand that success comes from connecting with others and therefore it should be no surprise that this is the reason my business is called Connect 2 Success.

Extract from Unbridled Success – How The Secret Lives of Horses Can Impact Your Leadership, Teamwork and Communication Skills.  You can purchase the book here from Amazon

 

On November 20th, 2012, posted in: Connection by

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