Letting People Know You

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 3, 2008

It’s critical for small business owners to understand the pitfalls of keeping too much emotional distance from their employees. When you are too aloof, people tend to fill in the blanks with inaccuracies. For example, they may think you snooty, arrogant, phony, or a cold fish. While you may have learned that it’s professional to keep a big distance, it actually makes your own job harder. The people you lead need to feel they know you as a real person, to understand why they should care about what you want to accomplish. So let down your guard from time to time and share what’s happening with you as a human. When others feel they know you, they will do their best work and remain committed to the outcomes you set forth.

David Peck
President
Leadership Unleashed
San Francisco

Reader Comments

The Small Biz. Guru

June 4, 2008 11:51 AM

I find this entry perfect timing as my manager showed emotion by noticing I was angered by recent changes occurring in the company and she helped address the issues. She showed she is human just the other day.

~the GURU

Ismail Farag

June 7, 2008 5:57 AM

Letting people know you is essential meanwhile is very difficult when working in a multi national environment.
The owner (usually the manger)of small businesses which employ staff with different background faces the challenge of selling his/her corporate vision to such small staff number and keep a balance of handling the risitance to change based on diffrent cultures.
Letting peopl know you might sound simple but sometimes could be a complicated process.
thanks
ismail farag

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