Leadership: Being There
One of the most important leadership traits that often gets overlooked is ACCESSIBILITY.
Accessibility “is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible.”
Being accessible is not just a buzzword.It means to “Be There” for your people. It is a combination of 3 things:
- Physical proximity
The physical accessibility is availing yourself as a leader to everyone. Having a true open door policy. MBWA – management by walking around. Answering calls. Working alongside your teams. Staying a bit late or getting in a bit early to touch base with those whom you would not connect with normally.
Having an accessible attitude means to be transparent regarding your service to others. When anyone approaches you, being glad for their presence opens the door to a productive conversation. Being there means to be fully engaged with your people. If you feel your people are only disruptions to your day, your entire body attitude (verbal and non-verbal) will relay that and create a barrier between both parties. Be willing to drop what you’re doing to be available for your teams.
Being accessible in professional workplace relationships means to have their best interest at the forefront of your mind. Respect is build on trust. Trust is built on being open and having no hidden agendas. Building deep relationships in which trust and respect can thrive goes hand in hand with being there for people’s development, questions, and concerns, but also to be there as a fellow team member with the same vision and concern for the overall outcome.
Parents cannot truly be successful unless they can be there for their children.
Spouses need to be there for each other to build a strong and lasting marriage.
Coaches and mentors need to be there to develop their players and proteges to reach their fullest potential.
Leaders need to be there to guide their people, promote the vision, and give that sense of security in good and bad times.
Be There. Be accessible. Be a great leader.
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