Stretch out and build relationships.

Why build an alliance or a coalition? To achieve a larger, mutually beneficial goal.

Working together is how people move forward and how progress is made in an organization, business, or government.

This can be much easier when you have a common goal and can be more complicated when you are trying to balance the interests of multiple parties.

As a leader, it’s easy to stick with what you know. But, it takes courage, determination, and vision to step out of your comfort zone and create something new with the participation of others.

These kinds of relationship often don’t happen naturally. They require the kind of leader that can facilitate interactions between people with often opposing interests.

The secret to creating this relationship is to find something that connects you to them. It may take time and it may be something that you don’t quite expect.