Relational: ‘Concerning the way in which two or more people or things are connected’
Deeper conversations build robust relationships that are the heart of every organisation. We must strive for relational clarity so that the conversations that need to happen can happen. This means exploring the way we are connected with ourselves, our colleagues and the teams we are a part of.
The quality of our relationships is central to our experience of life, relationships at home and relationships at work and we need to work to maintain them.
We need insight into how we relate and are connected to those around us, to gain the clarity we need for true leadership. When relationships get stuck they stagnate, disengagement follows and conflict can often be quick on its heels.
We need to look at ourselves and question our own thoughts, motivation and behaviour, and not get stuck looking backwards for the way forward, confusing the past with the future.
There is a ‘flower filled, sunlit meadow’ waiting for us all; a way of living and relating and working that is vibrant and alive. In order to find it we need to be clear about the way we relate and have the courage to have the conversations we need to have and to stop having the conversations that are no longer helpful.
We can literally change the world one conversation at a time, your world, my world, our world. Integrating a relational approach, which does that and seeking out the conversations that matter is time well spent and is essential for all leaders.
The wellbeing of an organisation is dependent on quality relationships, which are themselves dependent on real conversations. A healthy organisation needs engaged leaders, engaging effectively with themselves, their colleagues and their clients.