According to a 2006 McKinsey & Company study, social connections play a central role in fostering a sense of purpose and well-being in the workplace. Leaders that intentionally invest time in their teams can see less burnout, organizational performance, and sparks of innovation.
Reflect on how to build a professional relationship
Learning how to build a professional relationship is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.
How do you go above and beyond for your team?
Exercises to help you build a professional relationship
Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to build a professional relationship.
- Dedicate 30 minutes every week to catch up with your teammates. Focus on teammates you don’t talk to on a daily basis and send them a Google Calendar invite to chat.
- Take time to integrate new team members to your project. Consider: “Let’s set up a meeting next week Monday to get you comfortable with your role and responsibilities.”
- Connect your peers to future career opportunities. Example: “I remember you mentioning your interests in public relations. I would love to introduce you to Reena from the marketing team.”
Additional resources to help you build a professional relationship
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