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.

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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

How To Improve Your Work Relationships This Year
Many of us spend more time with our coworkers than our family and friends. We might as well make those relationships good.
This Is Why Relationships Matter At Work
By Paolo Gallo Let’s start with a question. If today were the last day of your life, what would be your biggest regret? Let me help you with a few possible answers: A. I wish I had written/answered more emails. B. I wish I had bought shares in Google. C. I wish I had [...]
To Be Happier at Work, Invest More in Your Relationships
Both inside and outside the office.

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