There are so many different ways to lead, but at the core of great leadership is this:
As leadership is the art of influencing others and enabling others to do a great job – then it probably goes without saying that you also need to like people – like listening to people, like talking with people, like taking an interest in people – and their ideas, like involving people and like recognising people.
Imagine how that makes people feel. Yes, pretty special.
It may seem simple and obvious, but sometimes the best things are that simple – and worth reminding ourselves of.
We’ve even come across insightful organisations where there’s an expectation that leaders should make employees feel liked. This can’t be faked, it can only be done from an authentic and genuine care for others, so that it becomes more than just empty words.
Creating that kind of environment is also a great magnet for future talent – something every team and every organisation needs.
Here’s to all you great leaders out there who like people and make people feel liked.
We’re pretty sure you deliver business results as a result too!
About the authors
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.
Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com
Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Leadership is about effective conversations. This book is a very useful ready reckoner for leaders everywhere seeking the words and methods needed each day at work.” Sanjay Gupta, CEO English Helper Inc, India.