Being liked will help you in your career, relationships, business and life. Dave Kerpen the New York Times-bestselling author of Likeable Social Media and Likeable Business interviewed many successful business leaders to identify why they are so likeable, and why their companies are successful. He stated that things that make us human can, in fact, help us become more successful. He explained 11 concepts, but I chose 6 of them because I think these concepts are the most important ones to follow according to my experience in the UAE workplace. To become better leaders, below are the 6 significant concepts to follow:
Unfortunately, most people never listen. They need to listen completely when people talk in order to succeed as leaders. They need to listen to customers’ and prospects’ needs, and they also have to listen to the challenges those customers face. In addition, they have to listen to shareholders, investors and competitors. Because when they listen to their colleagues, they become open to new ideas.
“I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.”- Oprah Winfrey
Successful leaders have integrity, and they don’t mind being vulnerable in front of customers, employees, and the media. They are who they say they are, and they show humility. These characteristics of great leaders create positive and attractive energy.
“As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.”- John Whittier
An attempt to keep secrets is not a good idea anymore because businesspeople who attempt to do that will be exposed at the end. The keys to happier staff, customers and colleagues are openness and honesty. Being transparent helps leaders sleep at night because they are happier and productive people.
“The only way to do great work is to love the work you do.”- Steve Jobs
When leaders love what they do, they don’t have to work a day in their lives. When they work with passion, it becomes contagious to customers and colleagues. It has remarkable advantage that will definitely affect the bottom line.
We all as human being crave simplicity. Leaders need to distill complex projects, challenges and ideas to their simplest components. This allows customers, staff, and other stakeholders to understand and support their vision.
Likeable leaders say thank you to stakeholders. They are grateful for them for contributing to their success and opportunities. Saying thank you keeps the leaders humble and appreciated. Also it makes them feel great!
In order to get the same respect you expect from others, treat others as you would like to be treated. By doing so, you will gain more respect from colleagues, customers and partners. These principles seem simple, but unfortunately many people are too concerned with making money. The golden rule to remember is that “The top experts on the world are ardent students. The day you stop learning, you are definitely not an expert,” Brendon Burchard said.