IN YOUR PATH
MANY YEARS AGO, I worked with a woman--let's call her May--who was very bright, well organized, and highly disciplined, but so rigid and hostile that she made life difficult for everyone in the division. I discussed May one day with my boss, who made a comment I've never forgotten: "You know, Linda, you will never become an important person unless you can deal with difficult people."
It is often said that it's not what you know, it's who you know. A corollary might be that it is not only who you know, but how you interact with who you know to gain their support, not hindrance. Interacting successfully with others only becomes more important as you ascend in power. The more visible you are, the more you will become a target of envy. The higher your rank in your organizational hierarchy, the more employees you will have to manage. The more successful you are, the greater a threat you will become to some. Your challenge will be to optimally manage your relationships to support your accomplishments and to disarm those who would sabotage you.