We'd like to think that our success at work depends on the results we achieve, our education, our natural abilities and the hours we put in. However, a lot of your ability to climb the corporate ladder will have more to do with how likable you are.
Self-Improvement is not just a reflection of how we make ourselves feel, but how we can make others feel. People that are easy to like are more likely to be promoted and tend to make better managers. In reality, the best loved person in the office demonstrates particular traits. What are these likable traits?
Here's 4 ways to connect with others and become more likable among your friends, co-workers, and even strangers.
- Thank and praise others, not just yourself. Remember to thank others, especially when you work on a team. Acknowledge their individual contributions and share praise for their strengths in a genuine way. This can be as simple as saying, "John helped me with finishing this," instead of letting people believe you did it all on your own.
- Don't over share. Sometimes, you do need to censor what you say to others. It's one thing to be honest, but another thing to be hurtful. Think about how a person will feel before you make certain comments, and understand when one situation calls for a more conservative approach in what you say. Remember, it's different to have a heart-to-heart with your best friend, versus speaking with your boss at a dinner party.
- Don't procrastinate or be late. This is especially important in the workplace: procrastinating or being late to things can show a lack of care for others. Instead, it can come off as being rude and selfish, especially when others rely on you to provide feedback or attend a meeting. Value other people by putting those tasks first, and apologize when something does come up.
- Speak to others with care. When speaking with someone, give them all of your attention. Put away the cellphone and Candy Crush, and really listen to that person. Showing that you care by giving that person the floor really helps that person trust you and see you as someone who cares.
Digital Synopsis takes this list even further in their article "14 Habits of Exceptionally Likable People". This list might seem intimidating at first, so just start small and take on one idea at a time. You can start with the habits that seem like they would come more naturally to you and work up to the more challenging ones. Before you know it, you will have built up an arsenal of likable traits that can quickly lead to career success.
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