It is without doubt that we all thrive and become successful through relationships. As humans, we are wired to interdepend on one another to thrive and survive. We achieve much more when we work together than we try to work alone. When we interdepend on one another we share values that can either lift or bring down one.
Therefore, it is very crucial for everyone to invest in one’s relationship whether it is personal or professional. To build good professional relationships, there are certain attributes that one requires to be successful.
In this article, I want to highlight some of the qualities or attributes that will help you to improve your professional relationships. I will start by saying that professional relationships can be very difficult to manage, depending on the culture, profession, terrain, experiences, roles, positions (levels) as well as the general atmosphere of your work or study environment.
No matter the factors contributing to the complexities of your professional relationships, there are still qualities and attributes that are required at personal levels for one to succeed, as well as have excellent interpersonal relationships at a professional level. Let’s go:
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#1. Be trustworthy
Trustworthiness is a very important attribute when it comes to any relationship. I dare to say all relationship types require a certain level of trust for it to thrive. Imagine if you don't trust anyone or your fellow colleagues, how will you build and improve on your relationships? In an atmosphere where no one trust anyone, progress will be really limited.
Therefore, it is imperative to be trustworthy. Build yourself as someone that can be trusted. You do this by walking the talk, maintaining your integrity and being yourself. I would like to introduce you to two articles I would recommend (1) Why you need to build trust in your relationships and (2) How to build trust in your professional relationships.
#2. Be accountable
Accountability in your work or study place is crucial in improving your professional relationships. When you are seen or perceived as someone who is not accountable, it is highly likely that people would not want to rely on you. Even your boss will be careful about the sort of responsibilities that he/she gives you. Others will be careful about committing certain responsibilities to you.
One way of showing that you are accountable is by being transparent and open about the responsibilities that you are assigned to rather than complicating issues. Ensure to give full and right report and account always. Take ownership of tasks, balance sheets and give the right explanations for your actions/tasks.
"As humans, we are wired to interdepend on one another to thrive and survive. We achieve much more when we work together than we try to work alone."
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#3. Maintain your integrity
This is a very important attribute when it comes to professional relationships. Example of maintaining integrity is making sure that you deliver what you promise. Most times people overpromise but underdeliver rather than promising less and over-delivering. Both cases are not what integrity does.
For professional relationships, it is better to walk the talk, say what you mean and mean what you say, stand by your words and deliver what you say you will deliver.
For example, if your boss tells you to do a particular thing or you promise your boss you are going to do certain things, make sure you do them in the time frame that you promise. Do not take shortcuts that will impact negatively on your integrity profile.
Another way of looking at maintaining integrity is standing truly by your words and actions, take responsibility, and don't let people make you to be someone else. Tell the truth at all times and in all circumstances.
"When people know that you listen, hear, and understanding them, they will come to you to speak about anything. "
#4. Be transparent
Be open and transparent in your professional relationships. Transparency and openness are excellent attributes in both personal and professional relationships.
When you are transparent and open, people can easily trust you, and depend on you. You will be perceived as a good leader. Generally, people are afraid of dealing with people that are not transparent in their processes and leadership.
The same way you would not want to buy a product that are transparent enough to declare the composition of their product, that the same way people don’t want to deal with people that not transparent. Don’t hide useful information from the people around you that such information might be useful. Be open and be transparent!
#5. Be a great listener
Listening is an art that needs to be learnt before one starts speaking. Being a good listener means you don't just pay attention and hear, but you also understand what is being communicated. Make it your goal to be a better listener. I'll rather listen more than become a parrot.
When people know that you listen, hear, and understanding them, they will come to you to speak about anything. But if you are the type of person that does not listen to others or allow others to share their opinions, it will be difficult to improve your professional relationships.
Whether it is at your workplace, marketplace, or study place, aim at being a great listener.
#6. Become an excellent communicator
Nothing works like an effective communication in any type of relationship. Be open and communicate clearly —that is how things get done. When you communicate in a very clear manner to your partner, colleagues, classmates, etc then people can easily understand you.
As you know, communication is beyond verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is also important. When examining your communication skills in your professional relationships make sure you take both communication types into consideration.
There are people that might not say things verbally, but their body action or language gives them away. For instance, certain non-verbal communication can indicate that a person is not interested in a particular theme or topic.
Invest more in improving your communication skills, these will inferably improve and build your professional relationships. Aim at becoming an excellent communicator.
Keep dazzling in your professional relationships.