“Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: ‘What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Now, see to your own house, O David!’ So Israel departed to their tents.” ~ 1 Kings 12:16
A leader can’t connect with people when he is only communicating among groups; he must connect with individuals. The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will help the leader. Successful leaders always initiate; they take the first step and make the effort to continue building relationships.
Connecting with people isn’t complicated, but it takes effort. Observe the truths about connection that Rehoboam, son of David, ignored:
Your people are more willing to take action when you first move them with emotion.
When you give first, your people will give in return.
When you connect with individuals, you gain the attention of crowds.
When you reach out to your people, they will reach back toward you.
Whether you have just taken over a leadership position or are well established, you must connect with your people if you are to succeed.