I remember having written this post and was quite excited about this , today even an expert from Gallup endorsed this . Tom Rath , from Gallup who has authored " Vital Freinds" mentions about :
Eight vital roles that frinds play -
Builders - Those who motivate you to achieve more
Champions - Loyalists who stand up for you
Collaborators - with similar interests
Companion - classic frinds who you call first with your news
Coonnectors - who introduce you to others
Energisers - who give you a boost when you're down
Mind openers - who expand your horizons
Navigators - who you go for advice
One friend might not be able to play all roles , but they all are needed . Remember , in spite of resistance from CEO's , Gallup insisted on having this question in thier famous Q12 surveys.
" Do i have a best friend at work ?"
Inspired from : the Corporate dossier - December 22 , 2006