It may not work with the ladies, but when it comes to leading a team tasked with developing new products and bringing them to market, new research from North Carolina State University shows that being nice and playing well with others gives you a very real competitive advantage. One new study shows that project managers can get much better performance from their team when they treat team members with honesty, kindness and respect.

A second study shows that product development teams can reap significant quality and cost benefits from socializing with people who work for their suppliers.

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