There are multiple types of relationships that we interact with on a daily basis. The 4 types of strong relationships can be tested, but everything must be done to ensure they are positive.
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word relationship? Many people will associate relationships with love or romanticism. Ah, but there is more to relationships than meets the eye. Let me explain.
4 Types of Strong Relationships
There are at least 4 types of strong of relationships that most people enter into. Let me bullet point them and then we’ll get into an explanation into each one.
- Professional Relationships
- Client Relationships
- Customer Relationships
- Social Relationships
- Romantic Relationships
So let’s delve into what I consider to be the most important of the relationships, especially since we are targeting small business owners and virtual assistants. This would be the professional relationships, otherwise known as business relationships.
According to Harvard Business Review, they say:
If you haven’t yet built powerful relationships at work — the type that can be trusted both to endure and to deliver results when needed — it’s time to start. Research shows that your ability to empathize with, connect with, and influence others is a pivotal skill for success. But time and again in my work with leaders across industries and geographies, I’ve seen people struggle with how to build those relationships.
Now, I’m going to rephrase this just a little – If you haven’t yet built powerful – and positive – professional relationships, it’s high time to start. Another way to say this would be positive business relationships.
Types of Positive Professional Relationships
Depending on your niche, you could actually have two different types of clientele, although these are two terms are often used interchangeably:
So what is the difference you might ask? In my research, I discovered the below chart from Key Differences to be clear cut and understandable.
Positive customer relationships are vital to your business As such, you could say the same about the need for you to cultivate client relationships so they grow strong and unbreakable. In both cases, the need for using comprehensive customer service with each one should be a critical part of creating and cementing positive professional relationships.
So we’ve covered positive professional relationships. Now let us move on to social relationships.
I read somewhere that social relationships are a necessary ingredient of mental health, health behavior, physical health, and the risk of mortality. Why?
We are social beings. It’s in our nature to form social relationships. To reflect our fundamental need to belong, psychologist Roy Baumeister developed a theory centered around this need to belong. This theory argues that we are each born with a drive to seek, form, maintain, and protect strong social relationships. To fulfill this need, we seek relationships with those at work, at school, in our communities and religious organizations, on sports teams, in online communities, and in other social contexts.
So, who would belong to this classification of social relationships? Well, this would be your friends. But just what is the definition of friendship?
Friendship for most people is a combination of affection, loyalty, love, respect, and trust. The general traits of a friendship include similar interests, mutual respect and an attachment to each other, and in order to experience friendship, you need to have true friends. The emotional safety provided by friendship means not having to weigh your thoughts and measure words. True friendship is when someone knows you better than yourself and takes a position in your best interests in a crisis. Friendship goes beyond just sharing time together, and it is long lasting.
Now, I wonder what is next in our list of relationships. Oh, I know; romantic relationships come up next.
Psychology Today gives a great overview of what it means to be in love and in a romantic relationship.
Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. There are many kinds of love, but many people seek its expression in a romantic relationship with a compatible partner (or partners).
For many, romantic relationships comprise one of the most meaningful aspects of life, providing a source of deep fulfillment. The need for human connection appears to be innate—but the ability to form healthy, loving relationships is learned.
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According to the well-known professional life coach, Bob Grant, relationships and love are not the same for men and women in how they happen. He is quick to point out that love happens in stages. For men, they have bonding stages that they each go through. Women approach relationships in stages too, but the stages are not the same. For one example, the woman may say ‘I love you’ more often. This is just one of the endearing qualities that make a woman captivate a man’s heart and have him fall in love with you.
Okay, so let’s move on to the next level of relationships which would be family relationships.
I’m sure you know what a family relationship is, right? A family has people that are related to each other and have an emotional bond. Basically, family relationships are those families that are related by birth, marriage or adoption. Immediate families include parents, brothers, sisters, spouse and children.
While we would all like to think that family relationships are always strong and unbreakable, unfortunately, that is not always the case. Attitudes and expectations enter into the picture that can make the chains short-lived and breakable.
So What’s the Conclusion?
You enter into multiple relationships each and every day. And, you have to work at these relationships. We talked about the 4 types of strong relationships – professional relationships, social relationships, romantic relationships and family relationships. Every relationship needs two people to make them a positive relationship; so you need to do your part to ensure that your relationships are successful. It may not be easy, but you can do it.
So who is the author? Pam Lokker is a master writer and a virtual assistant professional who enjoys writing. While we are not currently taking on new clients, Borlok Virtual Assistants, LLC has been the place to get global expert VA services with quality and on-time delivery for many years.