Influence is powerful, whether you are the influencer or you are the one being influenced. The more you achieve the more recognition you’ll get.
The bottom line is this; influence is critical for success. Do you think that you can influence those you work with enough to build a strong team? Do you think that you can get others to listen to what you have to say?
The good news is that you can influence others around you in a big way, whether or not you are a supervisor. Today, it’s all about the skills you have, and even if you don’t have a degree but have a skill, you will be the winner!
Today, I’m going to tell you why influence is so powerful, and how you can influence those around you at all times.
Influence is Powerful Regardless of Position or Title
When you have a position or title, you will get attention from those you work with. There are countless times that I’ve heard someone say, “I hate my boss, but I love the people I work with.” This is more common than you think.
This is sad because it means that most of the time, individuals are holding onto a job ONLY because of those they work with. They don’t even like what they do. This means there is a lack of leadership, which means there is a lack of discipline, production, and above all a lack of influence.
Influence is powerful when:
- You build trust with your team. If those around you trust you they will listen to you, and they will take action on the recommendations you give them. Influence occurs most often when trust is a big factor. Build trust or go home. Consider that someone in a management position asks someone to do a specific task for the team. What if you were the individual asking but you were not a manager? Would that individual still do the job that you were asking them to do? If they were agreeable and carried out the task, this means that you have influenced them in a powerful way. This also means that you are more likely to raise production without bringing someone else into the mix that is in an authority position.
- Be consistent. It has been said that children like routines. You may think they don’t, but they thrive when they are given a set schedule. This is because they know what to expect. When the expectation is that breakfast is at 8 A.M., they will be ready to eat most likely at that time. What comes next? This is also true of your team members. How consistent are you? If they know what to expect from you, then they are more likely to listen to you. If you consistently do what you should be doing to help others, and tasks in your job are carried out consistently, then you will have greater influence.
- Be assertive. Have you ever met someone that so aggressive, you were not inclined to be around them again? When someone repels you because they are aggressive, this means that they will have no influence in your life. Aggressive individuals turn away people faster than they realize, and it’s counter-productive. Many managers think that this aggressive bent will get team members to do more work and do it faster, but causing people to work out of fear doesn’t really work at all. You can easily present your thoughts and feelings, and you can do so without being overbearing and cruel. Be assertive, and ask for what you need and want, but don’t yell or talk down to people. That will turn them away.
There is a lot more to think about when building your team, and it revolves around what kind of influence you have on people. Influence is powerful!
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