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The Value of Home Visits (#4 – Reflections from the Frontline)

 

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Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #4 – The Value of Home Visits

Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses his tactic of visiting students homes during the school year.  This proved effective for him to not only to get to know the student, but also the parents and the home situation.  The student may have a behavior in school that is deemed odd or unacceptable, but explainable if you understand their home life. By going the extra step of these visits, Dr. Duncan was able to relate better to his students.

KONKERER Lesson:

By getting to know his students and parents, Dr. Duncan was engaging in relationship-building.  This is one of the key foundations to leadership.  In order to effectively lead people, you must first understand them and know them.  But taking the time to get to know them, you can lead people collectively as well as individually.

In my first management role at the age of 26, I was assigned to lead engineers who had been doing their jobs for over 15 years.  I knew that if I chose to lead “from the chair” and not with them, I would have a significant issue with gaining their church.  But, I also wanted to accomplish a lot of actions and initiatives very quickly.  My solution?  I held my very first staff meeting at a local bar.  It was a 3 hour meeting, but allowing them to order food and beverages (at my expense of course) permitted me to keep their attention.  Also, since I came to them for the meeting (they all were located offsite from our office), it proved to them immediately that I was willing to come to them.  From that point forward, we had an excellent working and personally relationship because they viewed me as “one of them.”

As a leader, you must build relationships quickly and immediately.  Then continue to cultivate those relationships through hard work and maintaining their trust.

To build relationships, you must:

1.  Go to them.  Meet them on their territory.

2.  Complete your tasks in a timely manner.  In other words, “Do what you say you are going to do.”

3.  Don’t assign a task that you are not willing to complete yourself.

By building relationships, you, your team, and your company or organization will be successful.

Dr. Sabin Duncan is the Associate Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute & the Honors College at Hampton University.  He is the author of “Reflections of the Frontline” – a memoir of his experience as an educator.

You can purchase his book at the following links:  iTunes, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Hard Copy.  He is also the owner of Measurable Advancement  – a source for educational consulting and its corresponding blog.

Kontinue to Konker.

Chadwick Taylor is Author of KONKERER Leadership

He helps  develop leaders with a servant mentality through individual development

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