Self-assessment: Are you a ‘great connector’?
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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.
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
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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