Building Relationships: Creating a Culture of Success

In achieving a climate of Achievement Motivation, developmental psychologists advise that leaders must address three pillars of motivation – needs, personality, and relationships. The last part of the series focuses on building relationships. (Read the thirdsecond and  first part.)
Another responsibility of leaders is to develop and sustain a harmonious work environment that will build and nurture relationships. This will mean that people:
  • are aligned to the same purpose and goal at work
  • are supportive, cooperative and collaborative with one another
  • openly and constructively discuss ideas without the fear of being belittled, ridiculed or back-stabbed
  • willing to discuss issues and problems (even personal ones) with one another because of their trust with each other
However, with the personality differences and idiosyncrasies of each team member, creating an environment of harmony may seem to be a tall order. This may be true at the onset. However, a simple guide for leaders will be to implement the following steps:
  • explain clearly the desired work ethics and behavior that is expected within the team
  • constantly model these behaviors
  • give timely and appropriate appreciation and/or recognition to those who are able to apply these behaviors
  • counsel those who have difficulty in following them
As the final point to summarize the importance of a leader’s role in building a culture of success, reflect on this statement: “When leaders are the source of inspiration and are not the cause of perspiration, expect the team to excel!”


*This article was written by C. Glenn K. Lopez, General Manager, Abojeb Manpower Solutions, the Land-Based Manpower Recruitment arm of Abojeb Company.
About Abojeb Company
Abojeb Company is a leading and well-recognized integrated maritime, ship management and land-based manpower services company from the Philippines. For 35 years, the company’s ship management unit has delivered cost-efficient, globally competitive, technical services to 125 vessels of various types. Jebsens Maritime, Abojeb’s crewing arm, has honed its crewing services to provide the best people to more than 400 ships presently under its care – boasting 87% retention rate and a pool of 12,500 seafarers for the ocean-going ships of its principals from Norway, US, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Singapore, Japan, and Philippines. Abojeb Manpower Solutions, its land-based manpower services division, provides hundreds of highly qualified land-based professionals to many overseas businesses across several industries. Abojeb Company continues to garner recognition from the Philippine government and various industry-led organizations. Abojeb has expanded presence in Japan, the USA, Australia, and Greece.