In this age of e-business, there is an increasing over-reliance on electronic communication and insufficient attention paid to the management of face-to-face relationships. In this fascinating text, John Hayes addresses this significant workplace issue by examining the nature of interpersonal skill: the goal-directed behaviours used in face-to-face interactions in order to achieve desired outcomes. He argues that interpersonal competence is a key managerial skill which can distinguish the successful from the unsuccessful.

Providing a clearly structured and comprehensive overview of the interpersonal skills essential for effective functioning at work, this book presents a micro-skills approach to development that can be used to improve interpersonal competence, as well as explaining, through the use of illustrations and practical examples, how to read the actual or potential behaviour of those around us. This knowledge can then be used to guide the way in which we relate to others as we learn to manage our relationships more effectively.

This book will be ideal for practising managers and students of business and management studies and psychology. The skills it promotes make it of great value for those in a wide range of professions (including teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and police officers) in their everyday working environment.

1. The Nature of Interpersonal Skills: A Historical Perspective 2. Developing Interpersonal Skills: A Micro Skills Approach 3. Awareness of Self and Others and the Development of Interpersonal Competence 4. Listening 5. Listening to Non Verbal Messages 6. Questioning and the Information-getting Interview 7. Presenting Information to Others 8. Helping and Facilitating 9. Asserting and Influencing 10. Negotiating 11. Working with Groups 12. Managing Relationships More Effectively