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Robert E. Hall Relational Leadership: An Intentional Approach for Making Relationships a Strategic Priority
Addressing this revolt (previously discussed in this space here) now calls for a specific form of stakeholder leadership – what I describe below as “stakesmanship.” Let's look deeper. Business: Shareholder Value and the Stakeholder Revolt
Relational Costs: Just as eliminating physical work does not eliminate the need for physical exercise, we are now learning that ready-access to information via smart phones and google does not eliminate the need for human contact and relationships.
1. Pride that animates balanced with humility that invites self-evaluation and change. 2. Accountability that brings discipline balanced with grace that forgives and liberates. 3. Power that brings energy and control balanced with empowerment that unleashes and frees others.
It is time for leaders to get out of the relationship destruction business.
Getting relationships and decisions right with opposing groups is hard. Relational Leadership is about making diverse groups and interests gel.
Huff Post May 5, 2017. The onslaught of backlash and boycotts -- from customers, employees, investors/donors, regulators, communities -- is pressuring corporate (and non-profit) boards to prioritize stakeholder relationships as key to protecting and enhancing their brand and shareholder value. This shift has profound implications for boards and C-suite executives while elevating the strategic role of key staff functions such as human resources, marketing, investor relations and strategic communication.
Huffington Post January 27, 2017 The trick is to look for the “gift” inherent in oppositional challenge — and often nowhere else — that switches the paradigm from fear and fatigue to hope and expectancy.
The Huffington Post, October 2016 Today's leadership challenge requires stronger, more engaged stakeholder relationships. It confronts leaders with a defining question: Are your relationships big enough to get the job done? Stronger relationships must come from a more intentional, ‘by-design’ form of leadership - I have termed Relational Leadership. The bottom line for moving forward is this: the scalability of tomorrow’s organizations hinges on the scalability of today’s leaders and their relationships.
The Dallas Morning News, July 2016
The Huffington Post, July 2016