At times, the practice of effective interpersonal savvy can feel vague and ill defined. You may be wondering whether there is a way to achieve reliable results in your relationships by following a set formula. Simply put, no; people are not mathematical figures. There is no way to perfectly track the return on your interpersonal investment. You may not be able to plot your results on a chart, but you can still be pragmatic in your approach. Think of these behaviors as a skill set providing you with the tools you need to inspire confidence in your team and respect for your leadership.
Developing strong interpersonal skills begins with setting goals for how you want others to perceive you and identifying behaviors that will help you achieve those goals. Whether or not you’re a formal leader, it’s vital to cultivate interpersonal behaviors that will help people trust you, promote team camaraderie, and contribute to a culture in which everyone is engaged in doing their best work.