Stephen Buckley, dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute, believes leadership is about relationships. Good leaders, he said, build healthy relationships with their associates and constantly work to maintain positive workplace dynamics.
Developing the harmonious balance between leader and follower can often be a challenge in today’s workplace. Busy schedules, heavy workload and the constant pressure to accomplish more in less time can pose a significant obstacle for any leader. So how do you cope? Buckley suggests leaders sit down and evaluate their priorities and then schedule time for others. Perhaps even more simply, just listen!
That type of open leadership style fosters a sense of teamwork and cooperation. It shows a mature compassion and understanding for the needs of others while allowing followers to address any concerns that may arise to receptive (or at least respectful) ears.
Buckley’s recommendation is unique – It is a community building leadership style that serves to boost morale. When individuals feel they can contact their leader directly, there is a much smaller chance for hostility or resentment to breed behind closed doors.
Do you think this type of “friendly” leadership style works? Does it empower employees and instill them with a sense of pride andrespect? Or is it dangerous to lead when you are too closely connected with your associates?