Why Relational Skills Are Critical to Leadership Success

Episode #229
May 31, 2016
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Podcast Episode #229

Discussion about recent post on relational IQ and leadership and the importance of relational skills to effectiveness in ministry.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Relational IQ begins with a foundation of a vibrant prayer life.
  • If you have a healthy relationship with God, you’ll likely have a healthy relationship with others.
  • There’s nothing wrong with talking about yourself, as long as it’s not to the exclusion of everything else.
  • Relationships are commanded by Scripture.
  • A healthy sense of humor is one where you are able to laugh at itself.
  • The first reaction we should have to criticism or anything negative should not be defensiveness.
  • Just like you can always learn more cognitively, you can always learn more relationally.

The seven characteristics of relationally intelligent leaders are:

  1. They have a vibrant prayer life.
  2. They ask about others.
  3. They rarely speak about themselves.
  4. They are intentional about relationships.
  5. They have a healthy sense of humor.
  6. They are not usually defensive.
  7. They constantly seek input.

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