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Leadership and the Ecosystems of Small Towns (part 3 of 5)

By Tom Davidson

What every proactive leader must do to build connections… step 3!

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 third: 

“I” is for Invite – People who live in small towns invite one another over, and leaders need to initiate these kinds of connections as well. In doing so, people meet each other’s families and converse with one another in different ways. You can do this at work by: 

1. Inviting your peers over from similar work teams to see what you and your staff are up to, sharing both successes and challenges where you could use their help.

2. Inviting your peers over from different functions who are less familiar with your shop, helping them learn what you do and how you do it.

3. Inviting over associates from many functions for an open house where people meet and learn from one another, as well as from you and your people.


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