Think back to the leaders in your life that you liked. They were also the ones who were most successful, right? According to an article in Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge, "Fool vs. Jerk: Whom Would You Hire?" research shows that no matter the organization or industry, everyone wants to work with a "loveable star" who combines competence and likability. Leaders with a high emotional intelligence are also those that significantly outperform those who aren't able to manage emotions — their own and others — according to research data from TalentSmart.
Although we always sensed it, leading with an iron fist is not the strategy for long-term success. In pursuit of being more likable, because this is something you can completely control, let's look at some of the timeless habits of likable leaders.