Relationships are the foundation for everything. We know that in a classroom when a teacher has good relationships with the students, great things happen.
Once you are a leader, developing positive relationships with your stakeholders becomes even more important.
People always want a piece of you. Parents, colleagues, community members, and board members. It is not easy trying to manage all those relationships!
Who you hang out with says a lot about who you are. You can say you are a positive person, but if your bestie is negative and you get caught up in that, you are seen as negative too. So it is really important that you figure out who you want in your inner circle.
When I work with leaders we focus on Validating Relationships. Relationships that make you a better YOU. Dealing with toxic, negative, nasty people? That's a hard pass "Ain't nobody got time for that!"
Developing validating relationships helps you with work-life balance and ensures you can live the life you DESERVE.
Don't spend your time with people who don't make you a better person. This weekend I got away for a girl's night to celebrate my friend and soul sister Toyia Wilson who is starting a new job as an Assistant Superintendent, with our other friend and soul sister Tracy Harris.
These women are a great example of relationships that nourish. We can celebrate for and with each other and also be there as we struggle with the everyday things that pull us in a million directions. I'm a lucky lady to have these two dynamos in my life.
If you would like to know how I help leaders just like you ensure they lead their organizations AND live the lives they DESERVE, book a quick 15- minute call here.
In love, friendship, and leadership,