Relational Leadership describes an individual’s skills and abilities in developing relationships with and leading others. Leaders who have strength in this area demonstrate an ability to relate to others in a way that brings out the best in employees and partners alike. They encourage the recognition of joint concerns and use their ability to build teams and collaborate with diverse groups to influence successful outcomes.
Relational Leadership aligns with three of BC Corrections’ identified leadership competencies:
Team & Partnerships
Relational Leadership reflects the ability to practice open, respectful, two-way communication that provides different audiences with clear, concise, and timely information. Leaders who have strength in this area support others through regular coaching and feedback, encourage and recognize others, support professional development and provide constructive feedback. They engage employees and partners in developing goals, executing plans, and delivering results. They value diverse opinions and perspectives and engage in shared decision making.
Relational Leadership skills assist leaders to establish clear and effective communication that leads to trust. Building from this foundation, leaders who develop competencies in this area are able to create teams from a strength- based approach. They are able to invest in people and partnerships that improve engagement and retention while strengthening the organization and its capacity.
Each topic below includes information on courses and/or workshops that are recommended on the path of relational leadership as well as additional resources that can be explored.