Grow Your Influence

I just participated in a week-long leadership event where we spent the week talking about the power of our influence and we defined what this looks like and we spent time applying it to each of our contexts.

For anyone in leadership, the idea of INFLUENCE is something that drives what we do and it affects every decision we make.

I found an article by Marcel Schwantes at, and he shares 5 simple ways to grow this aspect of your influence. You can read the full article HERE.  I’ll highlight the 5 steps for you.


Covey talks about the fact that a team with high trust will produce results faster and at a lower cost.  The foundation for everything related to your leadership has to be built on trust.


An unhealthy ego can be a liability on the performance of the business.


Competence builds confidence in your people.


When people are liberated and empowered to collaborate, great things happen.


Your corporate culture has to be grounded in giving employees ownership, authenticity and a community.

Read the full article as Schwantes goes into depth in each of these steps.

I simply want to encourage you to evaluate your influence. Just find some margin and ask yourself these questions:

*Who am I influencing and how? (identify at least 5 people and write down all the ways you share influence)

*Who am I missing and why? (identify some people who should be on the list above, and figure out why they’re not. Develop a plan to move them closer.)

*What can I do to grow my influence? (are there areas in your life that need attention? What can you do about them?)

*How have I been influenced? (identify the greatest influencers in your life and articulate what it is about them that has impacted you the most)

I’ll continue on this journey.

What about you?

Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 31 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: Write directly to Russ at: twitter: leadwithruss, leadermundial

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