Expert highlights key 'human' principles of leadership

1/30/2013

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Being likeable is a trait that can help people in their relationships and their overall life, but it can also be essential for developing leadership skills in the workplace.

Writing for linkedin.com, leadership expert Dave Kerpen has highlighted a number of key principles that can help leaders be likeable and also develop their skills in the office.

Listening, for example, is key to building a relationship with customers, employees, shareholders, board members and more. Great leaders listen to challenges and are open to new ideas, claims Kerpen.

Being authentic is another important characteristic when considering leadership development. "Great leaders are who they say they are, and they have integrity beyond compare," he said, cited by frrole.com.

"Vulnerability and humility and hallmarks of the authentic leader and create a positive, attractive energy. Customers, employees, and media all want to help an authentic person to succeed."

Being a team player can also help make leaders more likeable. Kerpen cites a well-known phrase used in the US military - "Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds" - and believes letting others shine, encouraging innovative ideas and practising humility can help develop leadership skills.

Responsiveness is another great characteristic, he added. "Every stakeholder today is a potential viral sparkplug, for better or for worse, and the winning leader is one who recognises this and insists upon a culture of responsiveness."











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