There’s a reason they call it the human resources department and not the employment office.
A company and its managers rise or fall based on the ability to develop solid relationships. Indeed, a recent study by the Center for Creative Leadership found that relationship and people skills, and not merely job performance, are what separates a successful executive from the rest.
In corporate terms, good relationships are gold. And there’s a demand for people who can build them.
Relationship-building is considered the strongest trait an effective leader will have, says Jean Leslie, a researcher with CCL. In describing or evaluating unsuccessful managers, experts find that their inability to develop and maintain relationships is listed as their biggest weakness and the biggest hindrance to a company.
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