Everything in the Kingdom is based on relationships! We must learn to manage relationships at every level of life and in every realm of life because we were designed by God to have a quality relationship with Him and other people.
Leadership is all about people.
Leadership is all about people and obviously relationships are about people (the interaction, dealings, connections, and communications between human beings). There are people-to-people relationships in every sphere of life. Leader-follower relationships are an essential element of a successful life and are vital to the success of any group of people. In fact, it may be the single most important element of leadership.
Relationships exist whenever you have two or more people functioning together (for any reason). It can be in a family (husband and wife or parents and children), an organization, a business, a corporation (employer and employee), etc. It is about people relating to other people in all types of situations and under all kinds of conditions.
Principles of leadership and relationship pertain to every realm of life.
Leadership is a journey not an event!
People are there for the leader and the leader is there for the people. It is not always about getting to a destination, but about the journey and the process of getting there. What takes place during the journey may have more long-term benefits than reaching the destination. It seems people are always a part of the process and during the process leaders teach, train, instruct, develop, and equip people to fulfill their purpose in life—that is an important part of the journey.
When people truly know their leader genuinely cares about them (their wellbeing, outcome, families, and future) they are more likely to embark on the journey (or to get on board with what the leader is doing). When leaders demonstrate by their actions and lifestyles that they truly have the people’s best interest at heart their followers are much more likely to participate and use their gifts, talents, training, experience, and expertise to accomplish the work.
The Lord wants the very best for us—the best leaders are those who want the best for the people.
The reciprocal is also true. When a leader knows the people genuinely care about them they are more likely to function up to their potential. They are more likely to give their best for the sake of the cause. It is all about relationships.
Unfortunately the delicate balance of human interaction is often skewed or slanted to one side or the other. It is not difficult to identify deficits in leader-follower relationships because the scales are rarely in perfect balance.