I read about this article and it strikes me to remind me of being a friend and value-add to people thus creating more influence as a leader.
With the rise of Internet, I reckon it seems to be harder to be a sincere friend due to lesser face-time and more virtual time that promotes trolling and edited comments.
Unfortunately, life is still primitive in the sense we are dealing with people and their emotions, not machines and their systems (not yet, that is). We do need to be a sincere friend especially to our close ones and the influential ones. Of course, where those negative people are concerned, we can still be a friend to let them cool down and be alone. We don’t need negative people around in our world, doesn’t value-add and move the world with negative dragging energy.