Updated: Jul 10
How well developed your Relationships skills are is an excellent indicator of your life and career success!
WHY IS IMPORTANT FOR LEADERS TO HAVE STRONG, RESILIENT RELATIONSHIPS.
Interactions result in understanding, which strengthens relationships, and creates unity and commitment. A surprising subtheme of the research pointed to the leader's influence in making a work environment that supports a culture of engagement with one another — sharing information, and collaborating.
HIRE OR PROMOTE LEADERS WITH STRONG RELATIONSHIP SKILLS!
Ask how many peers in their field of expertise, industry and or geographic area they feel they could call on for valued advise or brainstorming a challenge.
Ask candidates how many peers they could call today if you gave them a challenge and you needed 3 possible solutions from fellow leaders at or above their level.
Ask for an example of of the last time they called on their peers to help them brainstorm a solution.
WHY IS IMPORTANT FOR EMPLOYEES TO HAVE STRONG, RESILIENT RELATIONSHIPS.
Employee satisfaction increases nearly 50% when a worker develops a close relationship on the job. These relationships make work more enjoyable and impact employees' commitment to their jobs and coworkers. Managers are less stressed. Stress is the emotion managers feel most commonly at work.
When employees have high levels of engagement this has a significant, measurable and transformational impact on organisational performance. Research shows that it is the quality of the relationship people feel they have with their immediate leader or manager that is the primary driver of these feelings of engagement.
So, relationships really matter. They are not an optional take it or leave it factor. They are a fundamental enabler of you and your organisation’s ability to attract, keep and get the very best out of your people. Effective leaders know that leadership IS relationship, and leaders and managers with poor or toxic relationships with their teams will see performance suffer.