Are You an Approachable Leader ?

« A true leader has to have a genuine open-door policy so that his people are not afraid to approach him for any reason»

9c72c9105dc3b13_fileAre you distant or not easy to be around ? Are you not comfortable with first contacts ?Maybe your are shy or a person with few words. You do not reveal much or you don’t build rapport.  Are you a good listener ?

Is it hard to answer ?  Being approachable means putting others at ease so that they can be at their best. It means initiating rapport, listening, sharing, understanding and comforting.  Did you know that approachable leader get more information, know things earlier and can get others to do more things ?  People just like to have them around.

If you judge to quick, start listening. Leaders listen without interrupting. They ask clarifying questions.  The don’t instantly judge.  They want to understand. Judgment may come later.

Share more. Are you private ?  Leaders share information and get more in return. Confide your thinking on a business issue and invite the response of others.

Ask questions. Be curious. There are not enough «what if» «what are you thinking» Keep probing until you understand what they are trying to tell you.

 

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