Leadership for Life – Personal Relationships

By on June 29, 2012
Personal Relationships

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I came across a short article on Leadership on the Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghanbiro/2012/06/04/5-leadership-behaviors-loyal-employees-trust/) site the other day, and thought I’d highlight one of the five effective leadership behaviors suggested by the author, Meghan M. Biro (http://blogs.forbes.com/meghanbiro/).

“Create a workplace culture that values real people relationships. For many employees, workgroup relationships and relationships between managers and workers drive engagement and loyalty more effectively than foosball machines, logo T-shirts, and Thirsty Thursday gatherings.”

As I’ve said on numerous occasions, business is business personal. In most work environments, leaders try to be objective and focus on the various business metrics to keep the organization on track. This is fine – up to a point. We can’t forget that any time we bring people together, we need to recognize that everyone brings some basic human needs to the party. People need to feel respected, heard and understood, involved in decisions that affect them, and supported appropriately.

People also need to have relationships in the workplace that help them affirm their worth and that relieve stress. A good story around the water cooler can go a long way to counter some of the tensions that inevitably creep into the working environment. Quantitative measures, deadlines, quality issues, conflict, change – all of these and more create a degree of stress among even the happiest and most engaged employees. Good personal relationships among employees can go a long way toward relieving these stresses.

While I love logo shirts and coffee mugs as much as the next guy, it’s the relationships that I value among some of my coworkers (you know who you are!) that keep my enthusiasm at a high level and motivate my positive team-oriented behaviors.

Great leaders know that creating a work environment that facilitates the formation and maintenance of good personal relationships among employees, as well as trust between management and front-line workers, generates a high level of engagement and teamwork.

If you want to know more about our Business is Business Personal program, run – do not walk – to your phone and give me a call at 314-539-5329. Or, if you insist, email me at bschapiro@stlcc.edu.

About Barry Schapiro

Barry is the Workforce Solutions Group Practice Leader for Leadership and Professional Development. His experience includes delivery and management of business training in a variety of industries, with specialties in leadership, team development, generational diversity, and customer service. Twitter

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