Being liked by others starts with liking yourself first. If you want to be liked, you have to like yourself. Because no one else can instill in you a quality, such as likability. It has to come from you.
Create situations in which everyone gets to use best talents, working on projects that reflect a strong sweet spot of shared interest. In so doing you may play a different character role in the story that unfolds and make the storyline more adventuresome and satisfying.
I wish America could vote for Obama because of his record and not in spite of it; I'm mostly proud of the president's record (mostly), but we're all too shallow to allow something like "performance" corrupt our precious vote.