14 Habits of Likable People

January 3, 2017

New year's resolutions are generally an attempt to be a better person. Here is a resolution -- resolve to become a likable charismatic leader. This is a trait that does not always come naturally even after reading all the research available on "How to be a Charismatic Leader".


Napoleon Hill, author of “ Think and Grow Rich” – wrote about the habits of the most likable people in his essay “Develop A Pleasing Personality".


If you want to do a self-assessment on being "likable and charismatic" click the link below. Most of the people score less than 50 and have an improvement opportunity.





Napolean Hills list of 14 traits of most likable and charasmatic leaders is as below:


1. They develop a positive mental attitude and let it be seen and felt by others - It’s often easier to give into cynicism, but those who choose to be positive set themselves up for success and have better reputations.


2. They always speak in a carefully disciplined, friendly tone. The best communicators speak deliberately and confidently, which gives their voice a pleasing sound. This is one of the traits which you have to practice hard and keep your tone and pace of speech at pleasant levels.


3. They pay close attention to someone speaking to them - Using a conversation as an opportunity to lecture someone “may feed the ego, but it never attracts people or makes friends,” Hill says.


4. They are able to maintain their composure in all circumstances - An overreaction to something either positive or negative can give people a poor impression. In the latter case, says Hill,

“ Remember that silence may be much more effective than your angry words.”


5. They are patient - “Remember that proper timing of your words and acts may give you a big advantage over impatient people,” Hill writes.


6. They keep an open mind - Those who close themselves off from certain ideas and associate only with like-minded people are missing out on not only personal growth but opportunities for advancing their careers.


7. They smile when speaking with others - Hill says that president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s greatest asset was his “million-dollar smile,” which allowed people to lower their guards during a conversation.


8. They know that not all their thoughts need to be expressed - The most likable people know that it’s not worth offending people by expressing all of their thoughts, even if they happen to be true.


9. They don’t procrastinate - Procrastination communicates to people that you’re afraid of taking action, Hill says, and are therefore ineffective.


10. They engage in at least one good deed a day - The best networkers help other people out without expecting anything in return.


11. They find a lesson in failure rather than brood over it - People admire those who grow from failure rather than wallow in it.


“Express your gratitude for having gained a measure of wisdom, which would not have come without defeat.”


12. They act as if the person they are speaking to is the most important person in the world - The most likable people use conversations as a chance to learn about another person and give them a chance to talk.


13. They praise others in a genuine way without being excessive - “Praise the good traits of others, but don’t rub it on where it is not deserved or spread it too thickly.”


14. They have someone they trust point out their flaws - Successful people don’t pretend to be likable; they are because they care about their conduct and reputation. Having a confidante who can be completely honest with them allows them to continue growing.


Take the above self-assessment for yourself, then have 3 others take the test for you.  Now compare the scores. Too often our self assessment and the assessment of the people we affect are not the same.


Gairola, Ashok (2016).  "14 Habits of Likeable People".  Retrieved from www.linkedin.com/pulse/14-ways-more-likeable-charismatic-ashok-gairola?trk=hp-feed-article-title-share.



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