Think about the people you have liked throughout your lifetime.
Now, try to identify what made them so likable.
Was it the fact that they had things in common with you?
Was it that they were charismatic?
Was it the fact that they were honest?
Was it that they smiled all the time?
Was it that they never seemed to have a bad day?
Was it that they always went out of their way to talk to you?
Were they down-to-earth?
I’m probably missing some reason here, but it is important to know the law of attraction, as it applies to leadership. The one thing that attracts followers more than anything else is this attribute of being likable. The problem may be that you can’t quite put your finger on the one thing that attracted you to certain people, but you know that you like certain people for specific reasons. If you can identify what it was that first brought this attraction, you can unlock the biggest secret to leadership. Why is it a secret? Because most people don’t understand the importance of being likable.
It’s the reason that some people can give you advice and direction with you being willing to move mountains for them, and when others give the same advice, the struggle is real. Likability is the difference between wanting to work with someone or for someone, and not wanting to be around someone. Likability is that important.
People spend years trying to build their businesses on systems, only to find that it’s not enough. Likability will always be the thing that is missing when attention isn’t placed on it. Why? Because if you aren’t likable, you won’t be leading people for long. This is why people don’t quit jobs, they quit managers. This is why momentum happens so quickly at the beginning of relationships within the workplace, and die off after a few years, or even months. People want to help people they like, and want to distance themselves from people they don’t like. It’s only natural, but we can play a bigger role in attraction than we may have thought previously.