Improve Results by Being a Likeable Leader

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, recently wrote an article entitled “10 Habits of Ultra-Likeable Leaders.” Dr. Bradberry begins the article with this powerful statement about likeability: “If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likeable leader.”

I’ve written before about this idea of following with absolute conviction. One of my friends and colleagues refers to the challenge of leadership as getting our people to follow us willingly and passionately. If we want our people to follow us willingly and passionately, we have to show them that we care about them. And being likeable lays the foundation for showing we care.

Here are Dr. Bradberry’s 10 habits of likeable leaders:

  1. They form personal connections;
  2. They’re approachable;
  3. They’re humble;
  4. They’re positive;
  5. They’re even-keeled;
  6. They’re generous;
  7. They demonstrate integrity;
  8. They read people like a book;
  9. They appreciate potential;
  10. They have substance.

Dr. Bradberry’s research shows that leaders with these qualities are not only more likeable, but they are also more effective. They are likeable and they get results; what a great combination for leaders. Work on these qualities this week. Become a likeable leader who leads your team to great new heights!

Thanks for reading,


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