10 Ways to Build Allies, Not Adversaries
Yes, positive interpersonal skills matter. But that means making those around you feel like valued winners, instead of trying too hard to be nice.
Too many senior leaders view compromise as a sign of weakness. But it isn’t a weakness when it keeps initiatives moving and benefits the organization as a whole.
When would-be adversaries get under your skin, that’s when they start to win. Don’t let them.
Persuasion aims to serve. Manipulation is about control, not cooperation, and it doesn’t work in the long term.
Good leaders are savvy enough to take advantage of a large ego’s positive qualities (energy, motivation) and minimize the negative ones (selfishness, arrogance).
Declining a request with “I’m sorry, but I really can’t. But I really do appreciate you’re asking me …” will make the potential adversary feel valued.
… then come up with the words to frame your thoughts. Resentments brew when executives speak first, and think second.
Abraham Lincoln earned a reputation as a skilled lawyer by highlighting the merits of the other side’s case—before presenting his side.
When you overtly embarrass someone to appear right at that colleague’s expense, you’ve likely made yourself a future adversary. No one needs an enemy.
It’s a sure way to build alliances: “Thank you” emails are deleted. Handwritten ones are kept.