Leaders create community. They unite, rather than divide. They include, rather than isolate. Great leaders reach beyond their inner circle to adapt and expand their team. They are connectors. They explore the social fringe, master the weak tie, and invite others into the vision. That person you met at a dinner party? The custodian of the office building? A CEO of an unrelated industry? Leaders bring people together by welcoming new perspectives, promoting diversity, and nurturing followers; leaders then keep people together by constantly affirming each member’s place in the community.
“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
- Ken Blanchard, Management expert and best-selling author