Those times when your department needs to come together around a special project or implement something new is when you will find your real leaders.
They understand how to best support the department or organization. These individuals understand how to build supportive relationships that get the job, task or project completed with as little stress as possible.
But team members who don’t understand that lead to a lot of extra time and work for managers. Personality conflicts cost the manager time and money every day.
There’s an old saying that goes, “I could be a great manager if it weren’t for the people!” It’s funny because it’s kind of true. Wouldn’t you say that getting everyone to do their job while getting along with each other is over half of what you do as a manager? If you have team chemistry problems like this on your team, you will need to do two things:
1) Find ways to build a tight team, possibly through team-building exercises.
2) Spend one-on-one time with individuals so that you can get to the heart of any relationship conflict.
These are two ways to start building better relationships. To learn how to take even more steps into better managing workplace relationships, check out my book, RINGMASTER: 8 Strategies For Becoming A Star Performer In The Midst Of Change