No one wants to go to work every day dreading the amount of time they are going to spend with his or her boss. At the same time, I don't know any sane leader who looks forward to having bad relationships with team members. So the question then becomes, why are so many relationships between team members and their leader a major part of the reason people are unhappy at work?
The answer: Most leaders have the equation wrong.
The majority of leaders believe team members are responsible for the relationship with their leader. This belief puts the ownership of worthiness, trust, ability, respect, and work ethic on the shoulders of others.
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The correct equation is:
Leaders are responsible for the relationship with each individual their team member.