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People & Relationship LeadershipPeople and relationship leadership builds off of thought leadership to fully utilize the talents of those around you. One of a leader’s greatest assets is his ability to develop the human capital of an organization. A company’s most valuable asset isn’t its physical or intellectual property; it is the people that make a company great. Genuine relationships between leaders and subordinates empower people to reach their full potential. Likewise, this form of leadership simply isn’t fabricated, as something you do, but is rather a process of becoming and being. It is who you really are and how that affects others. An essential variable to successful people and relationship leadership is genuine trust. People and relationship leadership is built upon a foundation of trust between the leader and the subordinate and the sooner this trust can be established within a relationship, the more productive and beneficial the relationship will be. Ed Locher, Director of Corporate Marketing at Digital Globe emphasized the importance of creating this trust early on in his relationships by sharing, “Everyone has my trust until they prove they don’t deserve it. Have the ability to connect with individuals through the trust that they receive from you. It is easy to want to work hard for a leader when you feel that they trust your decisions and support them as well. This trust and support empowers people.” Leaders that understand the importance of people & relationship leadership focus on developing genuine relationships with subordinates, think in terms of the team instead of self to develop collaborative relationship where the aggregate is much more efficient and productive than the individual, and focuses on training their replacements. Genuine relationships with subordinates are essential:A successful leader who has devoted followers is able to connect with both the hearts and minds of the people they work with. Leaders have to understand that this personal connection is a great catalyst for motivation and establishing a lateral understanding throughout the organization. “What leaders really manage are the employees interpretations or understanding of what goes on in the organizations” (Jongbloed and Frost)Communication between leaders and subordinates is vital to the progression and success of any movement, and effective communication is enhanced when there is a personal and genuine connection between the leader and subordinate. Leaders have frequent individual encounters with their subordinates. These one-on-one encounters present the greatest opportunity for leaders to establish trust and devotion with his subordinate. These personal connections have to be sincere and real. If a leader is being superficial and only acting the part to try to illicit a certain performance from his employees, he will have no followers. The ability to be sincere and genuine is simply a product of who the leader really is and how he really feels about his