Leadership and the Ecosystems of Small Towns (part 4 of 5)

By Tom Davidson

What every proactive leader must do to build connections… step 4!

Taking a cue from small towns, there are five categories of things every leader can do to build connections among people. The following acronym for what you can do spells “Main St.” for a reason. Here’s the fourth: 

“N” is for Network – People network in small towns in a most positive way, learning what other people need, and then connecting them with others who can help. You can network in the workplace for similar reasons by:

1. Finding out what other people need and connecting them with others with similar challenges, or who can share their experiences.

2. Finding out what other people want to learn and then connecting them with people who can show them the ropes.

3. Finding out the sources of expertise and letting others know where to find them. Slowly, others begin to see you as the go to guy or gal.

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