5 Ways to Increase Your Likeability Factor as a Leader


Even though as a leader your goals may not specifically be to increase your own personal likeability, there is a correlation between how much an individual is liked and how successful they are. Most significantly, your likeability increases your ability to influence and connect with others. Here are some avenues to increase your own personal likeability factor.


Put others at ease. If someone mispronounces a …Read More

3 Stupid Things an Effective Leader Should Never Say

As part of your effective leadership skills practice, be mindful of what not to say. These phrases are to be avoided at all costs — and here’s why.


“Don’t take this personally.” How else could someone possibly take that comment, delivered before a critique of her own work? If the work of a particular department needs addressing, then address the department (not one individual), and …Read More

Communication Tip of the Day: Top 10 Tips to Create Executive Presence (video)

Executive presence may be difficult to define, but we know it when we see it.

Someone walks into a room, and heads turn. Conversation opens up to include them. When they ask, people answer. When they speak, people listen. When they lead, people follow.

Wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do, personal presence can help you get there.

Put Passion of Politics into Your Presentations (video)

People feel passionate about their politics. And they should. People benefit from passionate discussions around them: They listen. They join the conversation. They learn things. At the least, energy goes up in the room.

But put those same passionate people in the front of a board room with a business presentation to deliver, and something sucks the life out of them. Their energy drops 70 percent. …Read More

Subject Lines Should Say Something (video)

Subject Lines Should Say Something. Often they don’t. A quick scan through my email inbox tells me little more than I knew before I opened the various emails. The subject lines read…
–A Quick Question (They never are…)
–Time Sensitive (What isn’t?)
–May I Ask a Question? (No, I don’t have time.)
–Are You Available Friday at 3:00? (It depends.)
–CRD Coding (What about it?)
–Registration Details (Are you giving them? Do …Read More