9 Principles Power Of Influence How are leaders today finding their way in this landscape?
We all lead from where we are as leadership is not a position but a presence in life. Leaders who adapt to the current changes have inspired teams of individuals focused on improvement and success. Others who lead with a top down approach might find that their old school methods of management are not helping them to be successful in achieving their goals.
So how do you know if you are an influential leader? It's simple; let's see if you pass the INFLUENCE test. Use the self assessment below to see how you rate in serving as a leader in your business, your department, your career role, your relationship, your homestead, even in your community.
Principle # 1: Inspire Innovation Have you developed a creative environment where others can share their ideas? Do you promote meetings that ask the question "what now?" and are focused on improvements and offer a tone of positivity?
Principle # 2: Nourish Trust Do you trust those around you and are you accountable in your commitments so as to build trust? Trust is built quickly but takes a long time to rebuild once dismantled. Like a delicate flower trust is something that is nourished and well fed and breeds well on its own. Trust implies safety; safety to speak of ideas and thoughts without rejection. Influential leaders build a culture of trust.
Principle # 3:Foster leadership at all levels In your home your youngest child can lead through responsibility, in your department every person, regardless of title can serve as a leader. Leadership is not about title, it is about integrity and being the person that others wish to follow. What can you delegate to others so they, too, can use their areas of brilliance?
Principle # 4: Listen... to unfamiliar voices. Sometimes the best ideas come from hidden resources. Want to improve upon something, ask everyone around you what they would do to improve it. Ask others who are not even familiar with your product or service. The ball point pen was produced after looking at the roll on deodorant at the time. What might you discover from unfamiliar voices?
Principle # 5:Utilize the power of others An influential leader does not hold all the knowledge or resources, the best leaders do their work through their people. What can you do to unleash the power of others?
Principle # 6:Encourage teamwork and collaboration You've heard this again and again, but how can you really make being part of a team fun and engaging? What ideas come to mind?
Principle # 7: Notice and recognize achievements I just gave one client a set of bright yellow cheerleader pompoms. What can you notice today that you can cheer on?
Principle # 8: Creating a collaborative culture Culture is different than strategy or an organizational chart. It is a sense of being that fills the air, one of excitement and mutual respect and creativity. A sense of openness, transparency fills the air. Look at organizations like Zappos shoes and you will see a collaborative culture. What cultural changes can you make?
Principle # 9: Encourage and respect diversity We are so much smarter together; know that our diversity offers added gifts of high value. What can you do to value cultural awareness and utilize the unique gift diversity has to offer.
I am certain that you will find your way and along the scenic journey, discover the right resources, people and strategies to achieve your destination. All influential leaders do!
The good news is that leadership like any other skill can be developed. Thank You Very Much SompongYusoontorn