Are you a great partner, at work and in life, to those around you?

Relationships with our work peers, friends, family, neighbors, or even strangers are not always healthy. Yet research studies like this one and this one provide indisputable evidence that positive relationships lead to greater well-being and longer life.

Most of us humans realize that we could serve others more effectively. Often, our selfish desires quash our ability to see opportunities to serve – and to act on those opportunities.

What we need is a simple model to guide how we interact with others daily. Here is my best thinking on a GREAT partnering model.

In 2013 I published a book on how to be a GREAT boss. Those recommendations are still important and relevant. Whether you’re a formal leader or not, though, you’re a colleague, neighbor, and partner with many people each day. What each of us need to do is BE a GREAT partner as well as surround ourselves with GREAT partners!

GREAT partners demonstrate and inspire these five characteristics. “Demonstrate” means we model these qualities daily. “Inspire” means we generate others’ demonstration of these qualities, daily, as well.


In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share the positive impact of these qualities in action.

This is episode seventy-five of my Culture Leadership Charge series. Each episode is a ~three-minute video that describes proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, companies – and even homes and neighborhoods.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube and my iTunes channels. If you like what you see or hear, please subscribe!

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S. Chris Edmonds

S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of The Culture Engine and six other books.
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