The Keystone Of Interpersonal Development

1404 WordsJun 18, 20156 Pages
However, merely knowing who people are is not enough to cement a solid team. Empathizing with followers is critical to understanding their perspectives on work and life, their motivations, and their skills and limitations (Daft, 2015, p. 151). One must also understand one’s own interactions with the staff and manage those relationships. For example, a Facility Manager whose work supervisor always seems to be opposing him or her should look for the reasons why that is and try to resolve or come to an understanding with their employee about that friction. True resolution may be impossible, but understanding the roots of the situation will make difficult relationships much easier to manage. All of this interpersonal knowledge is vital to help…show more content…
A good leader’s corrections are explicit and never condescending, firm but never hostile. Even when a follower is truly out of line, a good leader can still respect the person while stridently rejecting the behavior. This sincere respect for one’s followers will convey the leader’s commitment to the team and push followers to join into that commitment. To function properly, this commitment also requires that followers respect the leader. Though there is no way for a leader to coerce respect, he or she can foster it by being the best person he or she can. Above all, a good leader will always work to do the right thing in every situation. Good leaders are honest, trustworthy, and reliable. They avoid hypocrisy at all costs and are accountable to themselves and their followers. They help out others however and whenever they can and often make their followers their top priority. Good leaders acknowledge their own personal failings and weaknesses to themselves and others (Daft, 2015, p. 149). When they do slip up, good leaders quickly realize it, halt to their negative behavior, and apologize to those affected by it. A leader who follows these principles will garner respect from nearly everyone they encounter. He or she will build up an environment of respect within the organization and generate a culture where people feel committed to each other and to the mission. By building this culture of mutual respect
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