Everything that occurs in life occurs within the context of relationship. Everything we learn in life we learn through relationship. Everything that works in life works because of our relationships. Relationship is the ground upon which we stand – at home, at work and in the world.
Our interconnectedness is expanding by degrees every day, whether in personal communications or in global business transactions. When we discover and cultivate our ability to create successful relationships, we experience relationship as a gift to ourselves and others. We depend on our relationships to nourish and sustain us through times both good and bad.
Even though the underlying truth is that we are all interconnected, experiencing connection consistently takes skill and practice. In order to have satisfying relationships, each of us must learn what it takes to make our relationships work. Recognizing this, we can master being in right relationship with others in the moment and over time, whether an intimate partner, a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a member of our community, a business colleague, or a stranger.
In order to build relationships that support our leadership and generate lasting results, we need to be willing to ask and answer challenging questions that stimulate us to explore new perspectives and practices in our quest for learning, growth and transformation. Here are a few questions to consider as we begin the conversation:
- What do you most appreciate about your current relationships?
- What do you find most challenging?
- Where do you want to be more fully engaged?
- What opportunities for learning do you see?
- What is the next step on your leadership path?