All relationships need boundaries, especially those in managerial positions. We believe that being close with our employees is ideal, however, it's actually best if we keep a bit of distance and establish firm boundaries with them.
A good manager should want rapport and respect, not a best friend.
When we don't establish firm boundaries as managers what happens often is that other employees may develop the idea that there is favoritism in play, objectivity often gets lost, and it puts us in an awkward position when their performance issues arise and control is needed.
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