The more I’ve interacted with people in management and the “C-Suite”*, I’ve realised that the best leaders are simply people who are likeable and get things done.
However, in reality getting that combination is a pretty sweet spot.
For us rest mere mortals, it seems the the key is to be either be Competent OR Likeable.
If you’re competent, people may bitch at you but you’re seen to be getting things done.
If you are incompetent**, then ensure people like you so they let you get away with some things.
*because who doesn’t like corporate wanker jargon?
**incompetent, while I use it loosely, is not the same as negligence or laziness. Those are little difficult to cure.