Social Leadership is not a new term, rather something we have been doing for years in diplomacy. We look for ways to create a connection, find a common ground, or thread. Our desire for social connectivity has been constant over the years, yet now we have a myriad of channels we can harness to amplify, highlight or extend engagement through a core social leadership competency, diplomacy.
How do our educational programs resemble these new trends? Just wondering out loud how we are increasing the investment in our diplomacy, negotiation, and conflict management?
Basic skills we think when we think about entrepreneurs, leaders and diplomats. This noble notion of finding common ground is something that we can do as community managers, social artists and marketers. I don’t mean finding a way to sell or push more rhetoric, rather find a discussion that allows you as an individual to drop into the conversation and connect. It’s just that simple. Seek relatedness around a passion whether playing tennis, saving sea turtles, or a joint love for fish tacos.
It really does matter in conversations if we can discuss something of interest to both parties in an authentic manner. We need to use our active listening, recollection and connectedness skills which cultivate social relationships based on trust, equality and reciprocity.
Nothing like a fiery green salsa as the metaphor for social acumen education programs.