Importance of relationships

As I’ve moved up the ranks in the credit union industry, it has become apparent that relationship building is just as important to my job as possessing requisite technical skills.

I believe this is true for anyone in a management or senior executive role. The more meetings you attend and the more speaking engagements you’re invited to, the better your people skills should (or need to) be.

As stated in Forbes, “as you climb the company ladder, you will rely far less on your proficiency with the business than your ability to work with people.”

As this transition occurs, the article recommends focusing on:

– inspiring and motivating those around you;

– building depth in relationships; and

– developing your communication skills.

That first point – learning to inspire and motivate others – is a great way to become more of a relationship-focused leader. gives a few basic tips on developing this kind of leadership:

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