cover image THE LIKEABILITY FACTOR: How to Boost Your L Factor and Achieve Your Life's Dreams

THE LIKEABILITY FACTOR: How to Boost Your L Factor and Achieve Your Life's Dreams

Tim Sanders, Author . Crown $23 (220p) ISBN 978-1-4000-8049-6

Sanders's message in this follow-up to his bestselling Love Is the Killer App isn't exactly a revelation: people who are well liked are more apt to get what they want out of life than those who are disliked. However, Sanders does offer a valuable look at the four personality traits he says contribute to a person's likability—namely, friendliness, relevance (do you connect on interests or needs?), empathy and "realness" (genuineness or authenticity). Sanders, a Yahoo! leadership coach, is able to deconstruct complex subjects such as personality traits, and the book's value is in guiding readers toward understanding that likability isn't an accident of birth but a skill that can be learned (exercises are included). No doubt every reader knows someone they'd like to give this book to, and perhaps people who suspect their own L-factor is low will find their way to it, too. Agent, Jan Miller. (Apr.)