Here's a piece from the Wall Street Journal about likability being key to career success. Their thoughts:
"Likability" is becoming a bigger factor for success at work as social networks and videoconferencing grow. The impact goes beyond a high-school popularity contest. The ability to come across as likable is shaping how people are sized up and treated by bosses and co-workers.
Likable people are more apt to be hired, get help at work, get useful information from others and have mistakes forgiven. A study of 133 managers last year by researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that if an auditor is likable and gives a well-organized argument, managers tend to comply with his suggestions, even if they disagree and the auditor lacks supporting evidence.
Much of the rest of the article focuses on being likable on video (in the age of growing videoconferencing), which is not the focus of this post, but it's still pretty interesting stuff.
I've written about this issue previously as follows:
- The Power of Likability Demonstrated Again
- Six Ways to Make the Most of Your Career
- Does a Pleasant Attitude/Personality Help You Succeed?
Being likable is a HUGE factor in whether or not your career will thrive. And anything that can make your career thrive can potentially earn you a boatload of money over your working career.
So, the question is, how can a person become (more) likable? Google that question and you'll find a gazillion articles with all sorts of tips, but my simple advice is as follows:
Treat people like you want to be treated.
If you do this, you'll be likable and your career will benefit as a result. Trust me. ;)