Leadership and Friendship Possible? Share in #Peopleskills Chat June 29

Leadership and Friendship: Is it possible?

WHEN/WHERE: Join us and share your view Sunday June 29, 2014 in Twitter chat at 10AM EDT. Hashtag: #peopleskills

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Leadership and Friendship: Possible? Tricky? Easy?

Leadership and friendship has been labelled a touchy subject for a long time. Some claim it shouldn’t be a goal. Others say it is ill-advised. Still others say it is the key to employee engagement and deep commitment.

We take on this highly charged topic in our upcoming global Twitter #Peopleskills chat June 29th 10am EDT.

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Leadership and Friendship: Would you like it?

I recently wrote a blog post on the leadership and friendship quandary and the comments were quite diverse. I even received private emails about the risks and public remarks about the benefits. From that I realized it would be a very interesting and valuable topic for our people skills community!

I am so looking forward to hearing your views. Some questions to get us thinking in advance:

  • How do you define friendship?
  • How do you define the essentials of leadership?
  • Where is the overlap between leadership and friendship?
  • Why is there such concern and even distress about combining leadership and friendship?
  • Would you want to be friends with your leader? Why/why not?
  • What could leaders and teams achieve or lose if they were friends? Pls. explain.
  • What are some of the specific difficulties of combining leadership and friendship?
  • When you get promoted to lead your former teammates, can you be friends too? Why/why not?
  • How do culture and generational differences play into this issue if at all?
  • How would people skills help/hinder leadership and friendship?

These are just some questions to get us thinking. Actual questions will post live during the chat.

So bring your personal perspective, your experience, a beverage, and join the community on Sunday June 29, 2014, 10am EDT in People Skills Chat on Twitter (hashtag: #peopleskills). Share your creative views and experience in our people skills chat on leadership and friendship.

I also invite you to continue this chat by joining the Google+ People Skills Community, The Facebook Group People Skills That Really Matter and the LinkedIn Group People Skills Succeed to be a part of all the people skills discussions everyday 24×7. Get your people skills community member badge here.

Shout Out of Gratitude

My gratitude to all who participate and grow the people skills global community on Twitter (#peopleskills), Google+, LinkedIn, and Facebook. We welcome your suggestions for topics, offers to co-host, and most especially your diverse insights.

Special thanks to the community chat moderators who generously donate their time week after week: Chantal Bechervaise, Dave Moore, Hoda Maalouf, Tracy Shroyer and Tom Rhodes.

Hope you will all join our People Skills Chat on Twitter (#peopleskills) this Sunday June 29, 2014, 10am EDT/7am PDT to share your insights, perspective, and experience on leadership and friendship.

Everyone is welcome! We have only one rule in People Skills Global Chat: Respect for all even when we disagree.

TIP: If you have never been in a Twitter chat, you may find it helpful to log on to Tweetchat.com, or Twubs.com and enter hashtag #peopleskills. Sign in to your Twitter account. The venue will insert the hashtag on each of your tweets and you will see all the tweets on one screen. Other tools available are Tchat.io, Hootsuite and TweetDeck.

I am the founder and host of the chat and will be happy to answer any questions you have in advance: Email me.

Connect with you this Sun. June 29, 2014, 10am EDT in our People Skills Global Twitter Chat to explore leadership and friendship.

Until then, as always, I wish you bonds of happiness and success!

From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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2 Responses to “Leadership and Friendship Possible? Share in #Peopleskills Chat June 29”

  1. Kate:

    Boy, I hate missing this one:)

    As soon as I saw the topic, my immediate response was “Why do we even make this close to an either-or choice?”

    I realize that many folks do not understand how to be both a leader and a friend. My own life has been full of experiences where I or someone else failed to negotiate a “leader-Friend” relationship.

    I think the problem is more with our own perceptions of the two roles as somewhat opposites, which is flawed. Being a good leader and being a good friend seem very compatible to me, IF the individuals in the circle clearly understand the boundaries and the requirements.

    Good friends are honest with you and so are good leaders. They sometimes tell you things which are difficult, if necessary to hear. They both support you through both challenges and triumphs.

    Shoot, I’m not sure someone CAN be an effective leader without engaging in those actions we expect of our closest friends.

    Sorry, this one turned on my motor, as you can tell:) Enjoy the chat … if I could skip church (which I can’t – our minister is on sabbatical and I am one of a small group of lay leaders who are filling in on numerous fronts), I’d be there:)


    • Kate Nasser says:

      Wow John not only are you passionate on the subject you have many interesting questions and perspectives on it as well. I understand that you can’t eb there yet I too am sorry you won’t be inspiring us with you energy on the subject.

      If possible, I will publish a recap of the chat and you are welcome to review that of course.

      Warmest thanks!

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