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 www.inc.com, 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.
#1) GAIN THE TRUST OF OTHERS
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.
#2) LET GO OF YOUR EGO
An unhealthy ego can be a liability on the performance of the business.
#3) DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE
Competence builds confidence in your people.
#4) INSPIRE OTHERS TO FIND THEIR VOICE
When people are liberated and empowered to collaborate, great things happen.
#5) DEVELOP A CULTURAL IDENTITY
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?