Despite what Machiavelli said, great leaders don't have to be feared. They don't even have to be loved.
According to the co-founder of Google's career mentoring program, they just have to listen.
Jenny Blake, a career strategist who has helped more than 1,000 people at Google advance at work, says that trying to solve a problem immediately can sometimes do more harm than good.
"One of the biggest mistakes that I see managers making is immediately jumping in to give advice or trying to troubleshoot in the middle of a career conversation," Blake says, "rather than really [asking] open ended questions."