Whether we prefer to believe in this or not, likable leaders have more power and get more cooperation from their teams and followers. Lois P. Frankel, in her book, See Jane Lead: 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work, discussed this concept under what she called “The Likeability Factor” which can be enhanced by some actions such as:
- “Learn the names of the people in your company or on your floor, even if you don’t interact regularly with them or need anything from them”.
- “Smile at people when you walk by them in the hall”.
- “When people talk to you, stop whatever you’re doing, shift your focus and listen to them”.
- “Remember what people say to you and follow up by asking questions”.
- “Avoid jokes and remarks that could be even remotely offensive”.
- “Laugh at yourself”.
- “Admit your mistakes; be human not perfect”.
By working on promoting yourself as a likable person, you will awaken your true human side, but remember, always be real and honest!