Build Relationships for Success in Business
I came upon an article today on the website, .Inc that resonated with me. The article was 10 Great Habits of Charismatic People by Jeff Haden. Have you ever stopped to think about what it is about charismatic individuals that make them charismatic? Hmmm. Rather surprisingly, it’s not all about having good looks although being physically attractive certainly doesn’t hurt. In fact, you may find that good looking folks are not necessarily charismatic.
According to the referenced article, personality probably trumps good looks in the charisma department. Rather, charisma is about taking a keen interest in others. They are good listeners. They are not solely focused on themselves and tend to be humble. Above all, they like to make others feel good about themselves. In my opinion, the last bit is paramount.
How is this relevant to being a small business owner or someone pursuing a career? We all need to establish and build relationships to be successful. In business, it’s about focusing on the customer and being interested in his or her needs.
Similarly, whether you are looking for a job or you wish to be successful on a job, one needs to focus on building relationships. In the book, “I Got My Dream Job and So Can You”, the author, Peter Leibman says, “Stop Looking for Jobs and Focus on People”. This simple statement really clicked with me. I have long believed, in order to be successful on the job, the most important element is getting along with people (although you also have to know your stuff).
So, focus less on yourself and develop a greater interest in others!