According to an old saying, “It’s lonely at the top.” But does it have to be?
Leadership can be a demanding role. We feel the weight of responsibility for our teams and our organizations. We manage multiple projects and deadlines. And these activities can crowd out the time needed to build deep relational connections.
At the Global Leadership Summit 2016, Dr. Henry Cloud helped us diagram our relational world into four corners where leaders can often find themselves.
This framework has become a helpful diagnostic tool for leaders to evaluate the strength of their relational worlds.
As a GLS community, this month we will focus on the topic of Authentic Relationships. Here’s how you can follow along.
1. Watch the Authentic Relationships Defining Moments on GLSnext.
In this month’s edition, Bill Hybels explores this topic with Heather Larson, explaining how he has maintained healthy relationships despite maintaining a full leadership plate.
2. Follow this topic on the Follow the GLS blog. Every week, look for new perspectives on Authentic Relationships from trusted voices in the GLS extended family. This month, we will feature posts from:
- Henry Cloud, himself! In a four-post series, Henry will help us dig deeper to understand each of the four corners. In addition, we’ll get great perspectives from:
- Justin McCarty, regional director, The Global Leadership Summit
- Tim Parsons, lead pastor of The Journey Church
3. Schedule time to reflect on your Authentic Relationships. Here are some questions to get you started:
If you are being honest, which of these corners best describes your life right now?
- Are you surrounded by people, but feeling isolated?
- Are you embroiled in a bad relationship that is leaving you feeling “less than?”
- Are you tempted to escape into a “fake relationship”—a substance, a bad habit, or do you simply want to get away from it all?
How can you cultivate a healthy relational world?
Let’s spend this month moving toward healthy, authentic relationships—doing the hard work of building a life in addition to our work.
Liz Driscoll is the director of Next Step/ Year-Round content for Willow Creek Association. Passionate about ideas, the local church and with a deep conviction that fired-up, Christ-centered leaders can change the world, she oversees content for GLSnext, Defining Moments, the Follow the GLS blog and the companion Study Guide for Bill Hybels’ most recent release, Leading from Here to There.