"The truth that you can't do it alone. No leader ever got anything extraordinary done without the talent and support of others. We need others and they need us. We're all in this together. We have to be sensitive to the needs of others, listen, ask questions, develop others, provide support, and ask for help. We are reminded of this every day as we work on our books. We're reminded of it not only by the leaders who share their stories with us, but also by the fact that we've been working collaboratively for nearly 30 years with each other and our publishers. We could never have done what we've done without the caring support and involvement of so many other people. We are so grateful to be part of an extraordinary community."
We've recently experienced connectedness and community in two ways. First, notice the badge to the left. The Leadership Challenge blog was named one of the Human Capital Institute's (HCI) Top 50 Leadership Blogs for 2011. We are honored, and share this award with you -- our contributors, readers and supporters. Thank you for sharing your talents with our community.
The second way is through our increased activity on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The power of networking is achieved by moving conversations beyond tweets, posts and updates to truly engage in dialogue with friends, followers and fans. Yes, it takes time to respond, comment and retweet - and it is time well-spent. As Barry says, "That's why the book's title is not The Leadership Cake Walk."
Social media, when fully utilized, is not about individuals. It's about building and nurturing relationships that extend far beyond 140 characters. Leadership and learning communities start and grow exponentially. Followers become true friends. Resources are shared, and we mutually benefit from the talent and support of others.
You can't do it alone. Whether in the real world or a virtual one, it takes the talent and support of others for us to be exemplary leaders. When you reciprocally Enable Others to Act, remember to follow up by Encouraging the Heart.
How are you using your talents to support others? How are the talents and supports of others helping you?