Today I was being interviewed for a radio show that will air in mid-March. During the conversation I mentioned that business owners tend to want to be liked and therefore make decisions that are not in the best interest of their company.
I stated that they should seek to be respected. And then it hit me - those business leaders who are most liked are the ones that are most respected. And the respect came first. They garnered respect from their peers, vendors, clients, and employees. And because those people respected these leaders, they came to like them.
So, how do you ensure you are respected? Follow your goals. When business leaders make decisions based on what is best for the business they tend to make better decisions than if they make decisions based on a desire to be liked.