Everyone is busy these days. But are some leaders so busy that they cannot occasionally dialogue, appreciate, and socialize with their subordinates? The best leaders are those who develop proper relationships with their colleagues and employees, and the best organizations have visible, approachable leaders.
This does not mean daily appointments, or time set aside every Tuesday afternoon; but rather, visibility involves an honest effort by leaders to be seen and heard throughout the organization on a regular basis. The best leaders make themselves available at all times; they don’t suddenly appear during difficult times and demand improved performance. The term “walk the talk” comes from the notion that leaders display commitment to their words and abide by the policies they set forth. Further, positive visibility must be displayed in all actions, including e-mail, memorandums, meetings, and casual conversations.