So here is the big question… can leaders and their subordinates be close friends? I think we need to decide how we define being “friends”. It is nice to be friendly with your team members. Having an easy, open, and warm relationship based on mutual professional respect, rapport, and care. However, the difference between great workplace relationships and over-familiarity is a very thin line guided by discipline and controlled by respect. No matter what, do not neglect rules, deliver haphazard/incomplete jobs, or get over-familiar with your authorities, the benefits might be great but the consequences far outweigh it.
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