Why Are Interpersonal Relationships Important?

Interpersonal relationships that you form at work serve a critical role in both your work success and career progress. Positive interpersonal relationships will allow effective communication and understanding among employees.

Relating to your “boss” is one of the most important relationships you will establish as you begin your career, and with each new position you take in the future. Be sure what you do and how you perform supports the direction of your management team. Remember, you cannot become a good leader until you learn how to become a good assistant. Show your managers/co-workers that you are a “team player.” Here are a few methods that you can use to help make your manager (and co-workers) aware that you are dependable and confident in your abilities:

  • Show respect.
  • Give your best.
  • Be honest.
  • Keep lines of communication open.
  • Maintain boundaries.
  • Be positive.
  • Manage your emotions.
  • Be open to feedback.

Next, let’s look at the types of leadership styles you’ll encounter in the workplace.