10 Habits of Successful & Likable Leaders

10 Habits of Successful & Likable Leaders


What follows are 10 key behaviors that Successful leaders engage in that make them so likable:

1.They Form Personal Connections:

Even in a crowded room, likable & successful leaders make people feel like they’re having a one-on-one conversation, as if they’re the only person in the room that matters. And, for that moment, they are. Likable & Successful leaders communicate on a very personal, emotional level.

2. They are Approachable:

You know those people who only have time for you if you can do something for them? Likable & Successful  leaders truly believe that everyone, regardless of rank or ability, is worth their time and attention. They make everyone feel valuable because they believe that everyone has value.

3. They are Humble:

Few things kill likability as quickly as arrogance. Likable & Successful leaders don’t act as though they’re better than you because they don’t think that they’re better than you. Rather than being a source of prestige, they see their leadership position as bringing them additional accountability for serving those who follow them. Humility is a virtue.

4. They are Positive:

Likable  & Successful leaders always maintain a positive outlook, and this shows in how they describe things, it’s in the words and tones they choose. They don’t have to give a presentation to the board of directors; they get to share their vision and ideas with the board.  They don’t even have to diet; they get to experience the benefits of eating healthfully. Even in undeniably negative situations, likable & successful leaders emanate an enthusiastic hope for the future, a confidence that they can help make tomorrow better than today.

5. They are Even-Keeled:

When it comes to their own accomplishments and failures, likable & successful leaders take things in stride. They don’t toot their own horns, nor do they get rattled when they blow it. They savor success without letting it go to their heads, and they readily acknowledge failure without getting mired in it. They learn from both and move on.

 6. They are Generous:

We’ve all worked for someone who constantly holds something back, whether it’s knowledge or resources. They act as if they’re afraid you’ll outshine them if they give you access to everything you need to do your job. Likable & Successful leaders are unfailingly generous with whom they know, what they know, and the resources they have access to. They want you to do well more than anything else because they understand that this is their job as a leader and because they’re confident enough to never worry that your success might make them look bad. In fact, they believe that your success is their success.

7. They Demonstrate Integrity:

Likable & Successful  leaders inspire trust and admiration through their actions, not just their words. Many leaders say that integrity is important to them, but likable & successful  leaders walk their talk by demonstrating integrity every day.  Their words and actions are one in the same. Even a leader who oozes charm won’t be likable or successful if that charm isn’t backed by a solid foundation of integrity and action.

8. They Read People Like a Book:

Likable leaders know how to read people as unspoken communication is often more important than the words people say. They note facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice in order to get what’s really going on with their people. In other words, they have high social awareness, a high emotional intelligence that is a skill like juggling. This is my most important skill that every real leader should possess.

9. They Appreciate Potential:

“Charisma is not so much getting people to like you as getting people to like themselves when you’re around.” Likable  & Successful leaders not only see the best in their people, but they also make sure that everyone else sees it too. They draw out people’s talents so that everyone is bettering themselves and the work at hand.

10. They Have Substance:

“Charisma only wins people’s attention. Once you have their attention, you have to have something to tell them.” Likable  & Successful leaders understand that their knowledge and expertise are critical to the success of everyone who follows them. Therefore, they regularly connect with people to share their substance (as opposed to superficial small talk). Likable & Successful leaders don’t puff themselves up or pretend to be something they’re not, because they don’t have to. They have substance, and they share it with their people.

Now, ask yourself what kind of leader are you?

Author: Derek McCoy

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