. 'Managing LEADERSHIP 'Happiness (a template for Leadership Success from Day 1)
"..............ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS in all directions beginning on Day 1 in any new role -- and never stop nurturing them. This template's focus-points will create a world of SUCCESS for you; and yes, HAPPINESS for you as well. Think about that, walking around smiling!!!
'Pay me now or pay me later (or maybe) ...What we sow is what we reap' - This is not just about the personal 'warm n fuzzy' aspect of relationship; but also the functional dynamics of relationship - both individual and organizationally.
Again, the Learning-Leader will dive deep to understand the depth of what all this means in terms of both his/her PERSONAL & FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS, ...his/her LEADERSHIP HAPPINESS ...and subsequently their LEADERSHIP SUCCESS.
They are the ones who will reach out (horizontally, vertically, diagonally and even throughout those dysfunctional dotted-line relations) to establish, grow and maintain each of them. He/she will not only do this for selfish motives (of making his/her world as good as it can be); but see it 'as their leader duty' - to maintain these relationships for the good of those he/she leads.
Those leaders NOT getting it, will go through seasons of failure as previously-ignored and assumed relationships catch up with us causing troubles. If he/she resists and just continues business as usual in their isolated-world, the likely consequence will be UNHAPPINESS - turnover, stress, blame/fault taking hold, the manager departing, business downturn or failure, etc.
Most of my 20 years of work with leadership, leaders, culture and org. development is indeed a result of all this not being practiced by leaders! Relationships deteriorate (after months/years of ignoring spheres). Then leaders and management begin to spend time and $$$ on programs, gimmicks, giveaways and any other shortcut - in search of some kind of fix. Trust me there is no magic pill for fixing relationships...
SOLUTION: Begin now wherever you sit (leader or not) to 'see your sphere'; then reach out in all directions to establish, fix, repair, improve or just maintain at a high level - all of your relationships. Think of it as part of your job-description. Go ahead do it for selfish reasons. Others will benefit as well - do leaders even see that others are suffering because you won't go do it (fix your relationships at your level) and alleviate some of their troubles down below……………...."