Maintaining mutually beneficial relationships can have immeasurable returns, in terms of providing a supportive network to buffer the negative effects of stress, and promoting a positive team and corporate culture. When relationships are not as strong as they could be, a leader’s impact on the organization may be marginal. Loyal and trusted colleagues create the network needed to influence, obtain buy-in, and successfully follow through on strategies that highlight your value to the organization. 

Now is the time to assess your internal relationships.  Measure each against the most effective working relationship you have.  What is missing? What haven’t you been willing to invest that could make all the difference? For the remainder of the quarter, focus on strengthening one relationship that could positively affect how a project gets done or the outcome of a deliverable. Then reflect on the action you took and the benefits to the relationship. Apply the same formula to other relationships that require your time and attention.