Most entrepreneurs assume that the key to success lies in hard work, dedication and spending many hours in the office. However, its effectiveness also depends on how well your relationships develop, whether with family and friends or other business leaders.

First, it is necessary to decipher if these relationships are of work, friendship or rivalry. Work friendships, according to the expert in work environments Dr. Jan Yager, refer to those relationships that although they have not become true friendships, are much closer than those of mere acquaintances. In his book on this topic (Who’s That Sitting at My Desk?), Yager explains the importance of controlling all labor relations.

Also, the expert suggests that both the entrepreneur and team members recognize the positive and negative aspects of each type of relationship. And more importantly, develop the right relationships and avoid those that affect your business or career. An entrepreneur must be particularly sensitive in understanding how these relationships work, because they can boost or affect your business.

We share the types of relationship that an entrepreneur can find and how to make them work:

1. The known person. Any business relationship begins with a presentation and a formal recognition of the roles of each one. The vast majority of relationships never cross this level, resulting in poor communication and lack of collaboration. That’s why it’s critical to move on to the next stage.

  1.  The mentor. This kind of working relationship is very productive, and it results when a part, more knowledgeable and experienced, has an active role in the advancement of the other. When both parties contribute, it is a powerful relationship that benefits both, as well as the business.3. The lawyer. Unlike a mentor, who is a kind of coach and teacher, the lawyer is one who inspires you to be the best you can be. The best lawyers do it because you care about them as a person, not because of your job aspirations. Your business can benefit from this, increasing your productivity, morale and performance.

    4. The pioneer. This person is the one who always goes one step ahead and enjoys establishing an example to follow, which motivates and inspires you. Although it is not a competition as such, following a pioneer will help you become a pioneer for others. This drives to build more solid relationships in your company and, therefore, a more solid startup.

    5. The communicator. It is the person who is always looking for the latest news and who keeps you abreast of what goes on outside and inside your business. Unlike a gossiper, the information provided by the communicator is shared in a positive way, helping you to work better.

    6. The friend. There are three conditions that accompany the transition from a working relationship to a more intimate friendship: A shared desire to move to the next level, expand work situations to experiences unrelated to work and share issues that require trust. This type of relationship can be good for the business.

    7. The couple. When the relationship is appropriate, accepted by the company and well regarded by both parties, establishing an affair with someone in the business can be very positive for your personal and work life. On the other hand, it could cause emotional problems, pain and even the failure of the company. Therefore, if you decide to take this step, it is essential that you do so with caution.

    8. The rival. A relationship of rivalry between two members of a startup is always toxic to a company, so it is important to take action quickly to save the business. Some of these relationships can be reversed and transformed into friendships, but first the two parties need to change.