Four Dimensions of Relational Work for Improving Teams

four dimensions of relational work


Most of the executives in an organization assume that the people whom they know are team players who know everything about the personal life of their colleagues and can smooth over interpersonal conflicts easily. However, being interpersonal savvy is very critical in every area of business, and are not limited to just HR and sales. A team functions to its best when it comprises of people with different qualities and complements other team members. It is a daunting task for managers to compose such team.

In this article, we will discuss about the four dimensions of relational work that help managers to find this. These four dimensions provide point of reference in search of employees with different skills and qualities. Managers can increase the happiness in their team using good interpersonal skills and improve the productivity of the organization.

What are the Four Dimensions?

The concept of ‘Four Dimensions of Relational Work’ was identified by Timothy Butter, who was the director of career Development Program at Harvard School of Business. The ideal of this concept can help you match the natural aptitude and skills of team members related to specific project or task. In this article, you will learn how to make best use of this tool and build up a team that is capable of giving its best. According to the findings of Timothy Butter, the four dimensions of relational work includes – influence, interpersonal skills, team leadership and relational creativity.

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