Does the person see you as someone who is helping them along the way? Or are you actually inhibiting the other person’s success?
Why did some leaders succeed while others never really lived up to expectations?After examining a variety of factors–including tenacity, intelligence, work ethic, ingenuity–they discovered that the ability to build and leverage a network of relationships was the best predictor of success.Building collaborative work relationships is a challenge for many people.Assuming that their tasks and goals are in alignment with overall organizational objectives, by helping them get their work done, you are assuring that organizational goals will be attained.Some common mistakes People want to follow leaders who have a clear sense of where they are going, a demonstrated concern for others, and a focus on results.Hopefully, you won’t see yourself in any of these examples.If you do, keep reading and we’ll share some strategies for getting back on track.1. The best work relationships feature a reciprocal give-and-take.They don’t put nearly as much energy into those they view as low on the totem pole. He got along well with his peers and superiors, but his direct reports resented, feared, and genuinely disliked him.This limited his effectiveness in the organization.Your goal in the beginning is to build up some reserves in another person’s emotional bank account that you can draw on during the inevitable rough spots that happen in all relationships. If people get a sense that you’re only doing something because you expect something in return, the relationship can fall apart.The art of building relationships is to give as much as you can with no immediate expectation of return in mind.