Respect vs. Likability Factor Of Leadership

Effective leadership builds a following based on a vision and values, rather than just a “nice” personality. When the leader puts the vision above “likability,” the difficult decisions may not be liked, but they build trust and respect. In many cases, trust and respect will lead to friendship — and often deeper relationships than just being liked. In a lot of teams today, we see a real lack of leadership because the leader sacrifices holding people accountable to everyone “getting along.” Think of effective leaders — past or present. How many of them were really likable?LIKEABILITYRESPECT

Leading can be tough at times — decisions have impacts. And those impacts often affect people. When people dislike or question those decisions, the leader sometimes will reopen the decision, recoil from it, or fail to enforce it because they want to be liked. But leading requires followers. Not friends.

Additionally, social relationships are subjective, which can lead to inconsistency with how we treat and hold accountable one team member who is a friend, and one who is not. This inconsistency can lead to team members questioning the leader’s principles and integrity, ultimately impacting trust and performance.

Effective leadership builds a following based on a vision and values, rather than just a “nice” personality. When the leader puts the vision above “likability,” the difficult decisions may not be liked, but they build trust and respect. In many cases, trust and respect will lead to friendship — and often deeper relationships than just being liked.

The challenge for leaders is to distinguish and balance the personal relationship. The business needs to develop a close-knit team of members that trust one other, work well together, and can hold one another accountable to achieve their potential.

10 Signs of Effective Leadership:

1.   Decisions are consistently successful = Respect
2.   Outcomes shine the spotlight on team members.
3.   Dialogue is bi-directional and not one-sided
4.   Reputation is of the utmost importance.
5.   Acknowledging team’s value
6.   Appreciating individual growth
7.   Admitting to mistakes
8.   Self-accountability
9.   Obstacle remover.
10. Decisive/Quick thinker.

 

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