Today, ask yourself these three questions:
- What values, attributes and personality traits of your teammates do you find yourself gravitating toward? What do you find helpful as you’re getting work done?
- Conversely, what values, attributes or personality traits do you find yourself shifting away from at work? What hinders your team’s progress?
- What values, attributes or personality traits do you transparently exhibit at work? Do they align more with your toward or away values?
If you practice this exercise with your own teams, it is likely that most of your teammates will list similar values and traits, as these values are based on mutual respect for each other, and they help create strong interpersonal connections that drive creativity and growth. Respecting one another and having strong interpersonal relationships is essential to work together, as a team, effectively.
In successful, connected businesses, everything starts with the people. And, now more than ever, when so many businesses are adapting to a long-term remote workforce, mutual respect and connectivity are important. When your teams fall short of mutual respect, your connections weaken, and it becomes harder to get even simple things done.
Gratitude also comes into play as you aim to strengthen mutual respect and connectivity. When you show gratitude regularly, it keeps you from expressing anger and helps you remain more approachable and connected.