Are you a likeable leader? Every leader has a desire to be liked by those around them. You might say you don’t care if people like you or not, but the reality is you still have an unconscious or unrecognized desire for people to like you, everyone does. The challenge of leading is behaving in a manner and creating the habits which cause people to like and enjoy being around you while still making the hard decisions and delivering results.
Likeability is an art every leader can master. There are tremendous benefits from being liked. The leaders who are likeable will gain the respect, influence, and a good reputation with those they lead. Here are 3 of the 10 habits to raise and maintain your likeability factor:
1. Remain present
Followers want to see and hear their leader on a regular basis. Being a leader who is present assures your team everything is ok, you are approachable, and you are willing to roll up your sleeves and assist if needed.
You can remain approachable by having an open-door policy, checking in with your followers on a regular basis, and taking time to leave your office to walk through the office area. Being present will in time cause people to like you, especially when they see you are there to support and encourage them.
2. Get to know your people
The words of Theodore Roosevelt are so true when he said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”
One of the best ways to show people you care for and about them is to take time getting to know them. Leaders should learn about their people’s interest outside of work as well as the tasks they enjoy doing in their position. Find and have conversations about the things that pull at their heart strings and have a passion to do. Your likeability will increase as you get to know and show you are interested about your people.
3. Lift people up and avoid gossip
Your words are powerful and have the potential to really impact your people. Leaders should strive to speak kind, encouraging, and edifying words to their people. Your words and actions should cause people to feel lifted up and confident. It should show them you see and want to best for them. Remember to speak kindly and about the good qualities of the other person whenever you need to discipline.
Workplace gossip creates a toxic environment. It builds walls between people and can tear team members down. Leaders can create a safe and no-gossip work place by setting the example and not gossiping, addressing people who habitually gossip, and creating rules or policies preventing gossip at work. Likable leaders lift people up and avoid the plague of gossip.
Question: How do you increase your likeability as a leader?
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