Where does social IQ fall? Does it even make the list? Does it matter if your leader is socially inept or is that an essential quality that you must possess?
The answer: A RESOUNDING YES!
Theodore Roosevelt said,
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
I think the intent of his comment was your ability to interact, engage, and relate to people on a broad level.
If you don’t know how to talk to some one or to “get along with someone” good luck leading them.
Here are the 10 rules of social networking etiquette to avoid being socially incompetent and embarrassing your business or brand and ultimately lead well.
1. Strike up conversations that aren’t about you, your business…please, just once. Nobody likes to feel like they are being advertised to.
2. Ask Questions, don’t just give answers.
3. Smile. No. Not that creepy smile, but a genuine smile denoting interest.
4. Avoid Being a Fake.
5. Stop fidgeting and looking to every place except the person your talking to.
6. Learn to be silent and just Listen.
7. Don’t be the only one laughing at your joke. Huh. Huuh huh…yeah, it wasn’t funny. Either wait for the right moment or stop telling them. Probably the latter.
8. Avoid stories about your past relationships. Small talk isn’t the place for your therapy session.
9. Occasionally share your expertise at no extra charge and without strings attached. Don’t you hate those people that say, “great post….check out mine at …”! suckers.
10. Do NOT Leave without saying goodbye…don’t be that guy.
Hope you can take these 10 tips and begin building your network and relationships.
What etiquette rules would you add to this list that I have not included?