Everyone likes to be liked, especially as a leader. You want people to trust you, look up to you, and enjoy your company. You want people to listen to you, share things with you, and ask for your opinion. But what’s the secret to being a likable leader who gets things done? According to Katie Wake, a presentation coach at Own The Room, a communication skills training company, we like people who are smart but humble. So, how can you accomplish this? The answer is simple... don’t pretend to have all of the answers when you don’t. Instead, ask your audience for help. You could be very talented and knowledgeable in one area, but relatively clueless in another. You can’t possibly know everything, but if you ACT like you do, people won’t take you seriously and/or start resenting your authority. Instead of acting like you know the answer when you really don’t, tap into those who CAN provide some solutions. Think about it: when you solve a problem, you feel good about it. You feel proud and accomplished. Solving problems is satisfying, and because it makes you feel good, you want to solve more problems. If you can tap into this need, everyone is happy. The problem gets solved, and your team or audience feels valued and successful. As a result, you’re more appreciated as a leader. “Give your audience something meaty to do,” said Wake. “and then you have them eating out of the palm of your hand.” Being a likable leader isn’t as hard as you might think. Successful leaders don’t act like they know everything when they don’t. Instead, they tap into the people around them for help. They include people in the problems they are trying to solve.
It takes a special kind of person to become a top CEO, but what is the magic formula? This infographic explores the education backgrounds, the experience levels and the personal characteristics that shape the CEOs of the world today – while providing a glimpse at what the future holds for the CEO of tomorrow. Related: 5 Things To Consider Before You Take That Management Job While many of the world’s most famous CEOs, like Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg, are renowned for not having finished third level education an overwhelming majority of CEOs (97%) have a bachelor’s degree. Three in ten CEOs have an MBA, whereas only 2.4% of CEOs have no degree. When it comes to producing CEOs, Harvard takes top spot, with 65 of the Fortune 500 CEOs having matriculated. While many CEOs have varying educational backgrounds their personality traits tend to fall into line. Most CEOs are classified as good communicators, calculated risk takers, shrewd deal makers, and extroverts who are innovative, have vision and command respect. Overwhelmingly CEOs tend to be male. Today, there are only 24 female CEOs in the Fortune 500 and 27 in the Fortune 1000, meaning that women make up under 5% of all CEOs. Current trends provide us with a glimpse of the CEO of the future. Today, three in five college students in the United States are women, and 40% of MBA students are female. Industry experts view this as an indicator that increasingly women are going to step into CEO roles with more frequency in the future. It is expected that by 2040 three in ten CEOs will be women. While the closing of the gender gap will be a major feature of the CEO of tomorrow, there are other assets that future CEOs will possess that will set them apart from CEOs of today. A much deeper knowledge of technology will be required, and the CEO of the future will be more connected than ever before. Transparency has become a major issue in business, and the CEO of the future will be held to high level of accountability. Additionally, the young workforce of today is more connect, varied and innovative than ever before. Future CEOs will have a much boarder range of both work and life experience, and will have substantial experience working in virtual teams. This is a guest post.