As a knowledge worker, your performance is dependent on those around you. Not just what is in your head and your specific skills.
In knowledge work it is what is in your head that matters, you are the means are production.
However to be effective, to be productive, you need to work effectively with others. Working well with others helps you get the most out of your knowledge and your skills.
Building strong lasting takes time and require a bit of give on your part. Be generous with your time and it will pay dividends.