10 Steps to Leadership Influence

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Being influential is essential to being successful. Influence is a communication and behavioral skill that allows the leader to establish his/her authority into a situation that results in others responding with thought and/or action. To be an effective leader requires you to be an influencer. If you cannot influence others your only courses of action are to try to do it yourself (an impossible task) or use command/control tactics that result in robotic actions, inflexible attitudes, a lack of inspiration and creativity and a low quality outcome.

Part of influence is the skill of asserting your thoughts, opinions, decisions and direction into the conversation whether you have the authority or not. Authority comes from position, rank or universal acknowledgement of a person’s expertise or experience. But sometimes leadership is required when these three prerequisites are not in place. We see this most often when a person tries to lead laterally…

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