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Why being popular at work is important

Some may argue that leaders looking to be liked are searching for the wrong thing in the workplace; whilst team bonding is important – as is commanding respect from your staff – great leaders throughout history have proven that respect rarely comes from pandering to those in your team in the hopes of being liked.

In fact, a Glassdoor study that quizzed workers on what they look for in a boss found that qualities such as ‘straight talker’ ‘reliable’ and ‘logical’ feature highly on the list, whilst ‘likeable’ isn’t even factored.

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Comments (3)

  • Anna
    Wed, 6 Nov 2019 5:02pm GMT
    People are popular if they are: fundamentally decent, have integrity, are fair, and fun to be around. They do what they say they're going to do, are willing to help others, are team players and willing to challenge those who aren't.
  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler
    Wed, 6 Nov 2019 10:51am GMT
    A really interesting article. Convention would have us believe that being respected is more important than being liked, but in practice its is pretty hard to respect someone you do not also like in some way. My experience is that the best leaders are liked and respected, but that good leaders know how to maintain that separation between personal and professional life.
  • Anonymous
    Wed, 6 Nov 2019 9:44am GMT
    Interesting article. I think likeability helps although it depends on what capacity. You can be good friends with someone at work but find that you can't actually work with them, due to a clash in styles, behavioural values, or the one being in a higher position assuming a much more authoritarian role rather than consultative. That doesn't mean you like them less, but may not consider them a good leader or work colleague.