Seven Habits of Likeable Leaders

Seven Habits of Likeable Leaders

Seven Habits of Likeable Leaders

What kind of leader are you? Your company is doing well and so are the teams and other executives that report to you. So of course, you’re a good leader. You know how to get things done and you do it. However, are you a likable leader? The business world is full of bosses and so-called leaders that no one likes. Some leaders might not really care if people like them, thinking that likability doesn’t really matter in the long run. However, the more people dislike you, the less likely they are to stick around for the long haul. That could be costly as you might lose valuable people before they achieve their full potential. So with that in mind, what common habits do likable leaders tend to share?

Humble

No one enjoys being around someone who is arrogant. Even if a leader is extremely successful, he or she doesn’t have to flaunt it. By being humble, a likeable leader allows others to feel like they are equals instead of inferiors.

Affable

Some leaders are not very approachable. You know the kind of person we’re talking about. They are either never around to approach or they always make you feel like they would rather not hear from you when they are around. Likeable leaders make everyone feel valuable, and they allow you to approach them with your ideas, questions, and problems.

Personal Connection

Have you ever been to the doctor and felt like if he or she didn’t have a chart in front of them, they would have no clue that you even existed? There are some leaders that can make others feel the same way. A likeable leader, on the other hand, makes people feel important because they are important. They care enough to listen and give their time to those they work with, and they believe in cultivating personal connections.

Optimistic

Have you ever been to the doctor and felt like if he or she didn’t have a chart in front of them, they would have no clue that you even existed? There are some leaders that can make others feel the same way. A likeable leader, on the other hand, makes people feel important because they are important. They care enough to listen and give their time to those they work with, and they believe in cultivating Optimistics.

Generous

Being generous does not mean giving away your money, or even handing out plush raises regularly, although that would definitely be generous. However, it really means that a leader is willing to share his or her knowledge and experience freely, without worrying about whether or not someone might use it to gain personal victories or advantages. They are generous with what they know because they want to see you succeed as well.

Calm

A likeable leader usually does not have a hot-tempered personality. In fact, most likeable leaders are very even-keeled. They don’t let the heat of the moment get to them, but instead they stay under control. Whether things are sailing smoothly or in an all-out crisis mode, successful leaders know how to stay composed and work through the situation.

Integrity

Lastly, like any good leader, a likable leader has integrity. This is a trait that can’t be faked. Likable leaders demonstrate integrity in all that they do, both at work and in their personal life, as well as in their actions and words.

 

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