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Self-assessment: Are you a ‘great connector’?

Thursday, July 18, 2013   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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By Lisa Martin

Have you ever asked yourself the question, "Am I a great connector?”

The answer to this question is crucial if you want to shine as a leader in your organization and community. Being a great connector isn’t about knowing everyone in town or being a social butterfly. It’s not about wowing people with your personal network, charisma and talent.

Great connectors are people who inspire other people to believe in themselves and make a positive contribution. They are people who take the time to really get to know those around them, rather than having superficial relationships.

If you want to be a great connector, you need to notice the people around you, ask questions, be open-hearted and, above all, listen.

Here are five questions to ask yourself:

1. Do you actively connect with many different types of people in your personal life?
2. Do you actively connect with people at all levels of your organization?
3. In work conversations, do you truly focus on relating to the other person or could your conversations be defined as transactional exchanges of information?
4. Are you open and honest with your colleagues?
5. Do you feel like people at work know the real you?

If you found yourself answering ‘no’ to some or all of these questions, working on your connection skills will take your leadership abilities to the next level. More than that, it will help you have more significant relationships with the people around you.

Lisa Martin is a leadership coach, speaker and author who has been helping people thrive for the past 15 years.

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Sarah Ciccarello, Clif Bar & Company says...
Posted Monday, August 05, 2013
"Connect" is one of the 5 ingredients (behaviors) identified as key to 'how' we work at our organization. I shared this article with my co-workers since it resonated very strongly with our culture. The five questions are great ways to remind ourselves how to effectively connect. Thanks for the great topic.

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