In many organizations outstanding employees are not usually loved genuinely by other employee. This is because employees usually like to outshine each other. Most employees want others co-workers to look bad or ordinary despite their hard works and efforts.
Outstanding employees make difficult task to look easy and go the extra mile to get things done. They have a way of making other employee look less valuable or unimportant. Hence the management keep making them the point of reference for their effectiveness and performance and they are always rewarded and appreciated season after season.
If you are such an employee, it is likely that naturally many of your co-workers will not like you. It is part of human nature which provokes envy and strives when someone you are in competition with is easily doing better than you. They believe one day you will mess up and disappoint your praise singers. Human beings by nature love to see champions fall.
To protect yourself from these realities, you may have decided to build a wall around yourself; focusing on your job only and distancing yourself from every perceived office enemy. Instead of building walls why not build bridges to these perceived office enemies. Every organization is made up of different kinds of people who make up a team and work together for a common goal.
One individual cannot do everything; hence, you must work with people. If possibly through consistent high performance you become a leader in a company, the greatest challenge may be lack of support and cooperation from the people you lead if you build walls around yourself instead of bridges.
Your performance may earn you that position; it is the support of the people that can keep you there. If they refuse to cooperate with you, you will fail faster than you can imagine. You need these critics, detractors and the fellow employees to succeed. You cannot just sack or fire everyone when you arrive at the top.
Don’t take what they do and how they treat you personal. Learn to be more mature and ignore their nonsense, snitch, gossip and schemes. Simply out do them in ability and results. In fact go out of your way to support them when they are struggling on their job but be careful not to cross your line.
Eventually, you will win them over. If you want to lead people in any organization, you can’t build walls instead build bridges.