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“If you work only for yourself, you may not need too many relational skills.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2013-02-15) from his book, Be A People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective(p. 184). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
But John gives a however.He says, “However, if you work with people, you must have (or seek to develop) the ability to interact positively with them. Can you talk to people easily? Do you listen to them? Do you have a sense of humor and the ability to laugh at yourself without being sensitive and defensive? Do you enjoy people and working with them? Are you warm and approachable?”
He quotes, Kurt Einstein of Success magazine who says: “87 percent of all people fail, not because of capability but because of personality.” John then says, “People usually don’t fail because they can’t do the job, but because they can’t get along with their coworkers.”
Now of course leaders must get along with people.John shares, “The leader of any group must exemplify certain relational…

“When you look up to people, they begin to look up to their dreams.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2013-02-15) from his book, Be A People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships(p. 166). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
But it is so easy for us to look down on people isn’t it?
John gives a great illustration of this principle.He says, “The business manager at our church placed his house on the market. One Saturday he and his wife posted signs all over the neighborhood announcing an open house. As they prepared for the day, Ken told his wife, Mary Lynn, ‘We’re going to have all kinds of people come in and out of the house today, most with absolutely no resources or intention of buying. But we’re going to treat them all the same— as if they were our guests.’ Sure enough, they had dozens of people come through just to look. One young couple in their early twenties asked to see the house. They announced that they were newly married, she had no job, and he was just starti…