WHAT IS RELATIONAL LEADERSHIP?
Relational Leadership refers to a model or perspective on leadership that focuses on the idea that effective leadership has to do with the ability of leaders to create positive relationships within an organisation. The result: satisfied people with good self-esteem, proud workers and job satisfaction.
Relational Leadership is all about the move from unidirectional leader/follower relationships to a dynamic functioning system embedding Relational Leadership in organizations. In the traditional discourse, the term relational simply referred to an individual who likes people and thrives on relationships. Relationship-based leadership later focused on relationships between leaders or managers and followers in order to achieve the organizational goals, a "subject-object" understanding of relationship. Relational Leadership is a method to explore relational dynamics, see relationships as an outcome, and use relational dynamics as a process of structuring and change. It would take into account all types of processes and more closely track the influence of all leadership as well as the organisation as a whole. Thus, by seeing these entities and the relational perspectives as complimentary rather than opposing, one can foster the evolution of the rational leadership framework and see how leadership arises through the interactions and negotiation of social order among organizational members.
THE RELATIONAL LEADER
The relational leader is a person who is doing all he/she can to be as competent in relationships as possible. Leadership is not only about the leader. Leadership also includes those who are led and choose or agree to follow the leader. Without followers there can be no leader and a leader that puts his/her personal agenda before that of the followers and organisation is a liability.
The relational leader will grow in relational intelligence centring his/her leadership style on relationships. Remember- Relational leadership unleashes the power and potential of the individual and the organisation through relationships and this must be the focus of the relational leader.
DEFINITION: Relational leadership is the power to unleash the potential of the individual and the organisation through relationships.
Franco van der Westhuizen
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Marakalalo Safaris Trust
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Ignus Kempen served on the Southern Region Council whilst Pieter Esterhuizen was in his first term 2010/2011 on SAICA’s Southern Region Council. They achieved this by virtue of the fact that they were chairman of SAICA’s Southern Cape District association representing the interests of all the CA’s (SA) resident in the Southern Cape area.
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