Recently I commented on What Makes a Leader Likeable by Dave Kerpen (Author of the book, "Likeable Business") which was a featured post in a LinkedIn Group that I belong to. After posting my response, I decided I would expand on my thoughts about leadership and likeability, with my own blog post “Likeable Leaders. My View”
We have all heard the saying that great leaders are respected, not liked. And yes this might be true. However, Jeffrey Gitomer, Author of The Little Book of Leadership: The 12.5 Strengths of Responsible, Reliable, Remarkable Leaders That Create Results, Rewards, and Resilience, sheds light on why it is important to be liked as a leader – a point that I think is worthwhile considering. (NB: I am not an affiliate for this book).
Now, although I studied leadership as part of my undergraduate degree, I am no leadership expert. The following points have been derived from thinking about the different leaders I have worked with or admire in life; and what it was about these people, that made me either like them or not. From my observation and experience, I believe the following: