Thank you so much for your interest in The Insight, by Sheba. I hope you enjoyed this week’s blogs about “Leadership Roles in Relationships.”
Next week’s topic will be “Compromise and Sacrifice.”
There are many opportunities and examples of leadership roles in our personal relationships. I enjoyed understanding the positive aspects of why we change so much in relationships and the later affects of forming attachments during childhood.
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- Know what your expectations are and make no assumptions that your partner’s are the same. In a relationship, you and your partner, or friend, are working toward a common goal: a healthy, functional, mutually beneficial partnership. Clearly define the mutually accepted roles and expectations to alleviate role ambiguity. It will foster a path for growth and awareness.
- In this age of technology we are taught to believe that we can accomplish interpersonal relationships similar to the way we manage the leadership roles of our complex daily lives; create the list and check “done.” But that is not always so. The checklist is only a small part of the game and we can’t always be the leader. Sometimes it’s best to simply enjoy life for what it has to offer and follow its path.
- Attachment is an individual’s perspective about his or her future based on childhood experiences. Healthy attachments occur when there is a balance between dependence and independence. As a parent, you are the leader of a child’s life, responsible for creating an environment that has lifelong implications. As an adult, you are the leader of your life understanding that you can change your perspective about your own future. As a partner, you are a compassionate leader working to understand the attachment your partner has for you.
- When we change our behavior because we are in a relationship with someone, yes, we may be the follower and they the leader, but it also could be that we are inspired, encouraged, motivated, optimistic, challenged, given a sense of purpose, supported and respected. In the right relationship, being a leader or a follower is aligned with your personal goals.
The Insight: Leadership roles in relationships are complex. Both partners are responsible for defining them to benefit the relationship and learning to let go of them when the time comes. It’s equally important to understand that each role has a direct effect on the relationship and that when aligned with personal values a healthy union between partners is nourished.
Have a wonderful weekend!
A Positive Perspective for Life, Love, and Relationships