Do you need to be likable to produce your best results? Judging by Senate confirmation hearings or The Apprentice, perhaps not. But we all know this is bunk and does not represent what real business looks and feels like.
Here´s an interesting post from The Bumble Bee called, Virtual Team Design – Member Competency v Popularity. In the post, Ken quotes from a HBR article that categorizes four team caricatures:
Lovable Star – Competent and Likeable!
Lovable Fool – Likeable but competency issues
Competent Jerk – Competent but likeability question
Incompetent Jerk – Neither Competent nor Likeable!
Which one are you? Chances are you may not know….
The post and the article are an interesting read….. But we know what the results are going to show…
It used to be possible for total SOBs to excel and get promoted again and again. There may still be isolated pockets of this, but for the most part:
Being able to create, nurture, and maintain positive and collaborative relationships and being a pleasure to work with are necessary for success.
In the 90´s we used to send SOBs to what we called "charm school."?? It rarely worked because the work environment did not demand enough from leaders and managers (in other words they could go to the training, not change a thing, and their career progressed without hesitation). I am happy to say that I think this is changing.
And what about small business owners? The SOBs will not be able to get great employees to stay.
The charm schools for the new millennium? Executive coaches and outplacement services.