Are you better at building relationships with employees or overseeing their work? Most people tend to be better at one or the other. But the best managers make sure to cover both areas: they relate well to their employees but also set strong requirements for performance, according to Peter E. Friedes in his book The 2R Manager.
One thing is for sure: Operating at either extreme is a recipe for failure. Here's a look at "relating" vs. "requiring" and how you can improve both skills.