Networking skills is an important skill you need as a leader. I’ve sure you’ve heard of this saying before, that it’s not about what you know, but more importantly who you know.
The Chinese call it guanxi or ‘relationship’ in Chinese. The Chinese have a great value of relationships and they value it above their business.
They are very hospitable people and they would go all the way to ensure that a guest feels fully at home with them.
Similarly, you must have these same skills to build a quality network of people; having good networking skills do not mean you have stacks and stacks of name cards of people from all industries.
It means you have a good, strong network of people who have a great relationship with you; be it business or personal.
Many times when I am running my organization, I find that I don’t have all the contacts for my organizational training, suppliers and collaborations; but that is when I tap into my network and often, it is the relationship of this network that helps me get things done.
You could be the smartest person around, but ultimately whether you’re in business, running a church or in the workplace; it is often your network of friends that are able to help you achieve your goals.
Now you shouldn’t start thinking that your network is to help you and you alone achieve your own personal goals. In the same way a network benefits you, you must also go out to help people in your network achieve their goals too.
It’s a give and take relationship and most because no man is an island.
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