Why Influence is Powerful Leadership

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

 

 

 

James

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Why Leadership Means Servant Leadership

Did you know that leadership means servant leadership?

Leaders are those who serve, and they serve those who serve others. Leaders aren’t just those who have titles, and they don’t try to make themselves look superior to others.

The greatest leaders are those who are serving others. Little do they know that they impact the lives of those around them in various ways. Those who lead often impact the lives of those around them without even thinking about how they do this.

Those who work for them and alongside them have all come to see just how remarkable they truly are in how they approach serving others.

Today, I’m going to share with you why servant leadership is the very foundation for all leadership, and how you can impact others tremendously.

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What is Servant Leadership and Why is it the Foundation for All Leadership?

Have you ever heard about the book entitled, Servant Leadership? It is still one of the top selling books today in business, but it’s still not being put into practice as it should be.

Take a look around at the companies that struggle.

Both large and small businesses are both bleeding out the eyeballs financially, and all because they fail to see how it all went wrong. When you stop serving people they stop buying from you.

It’s. That. Simple.

When you serve people you will never go out of business, and it’s not always easy either. You may not agree with those whom you serve, but when you serve them, they are more likely to come around to your way of thinking.

This type of leadership also includes influence, which is something I’m focusing on right now in addition to my marketing topics and leadership. Here are three ways in which you can impact those around you more than you think.

 

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  1. Leaders work hard, there is no way to dispute that. As Jeffrey Hayzlett says, “they call it hard work because it’s hard work.” Leaders don’t look for ways around things but rather they look for ways to work through things. When you expect others to work hard and you don’t, they will no longer look to you as a leader, and they certainly won’t look to you for answers.
  2. Teaching others is imperative, and if you don’t teach them how can you expect them to help you or work alongside you? Share the valuable knowledge that you have with them, and don’t fail to answer their questions. Make time for your team, and as you continue to train them and teach them, you’ll see them continue to develop their skills and work hard just as you set the example.
  3. Teaching and leading is just a small part of this. When you teach, always make sure that you make resources available to those you teach. Without resources and the right tools, these individuals cannot possibly get to where you are. Without tools you can’t build a house or repair one. Am I right? Always provide the tools and resources to equip your team to do what is necessary.

 

There is much more to learn about how to be the best leader possible. If you would like to discuss servant leadership in-depth, and share your testimonial with me please email me today!

 

James

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Understanding Thought Leadership Marketing

Thought leadership marketing is still a relatively new concept, and it’s important that you know what it is and what makes it work.

The center of thought leadership marketing is your content. What is it that you can put out? What can you share with your audience that would make a difference?

Articles, videos, and other forms of content are what help you share your ideas and valuable information with your target audience.

Your industry should look at you as the source to go to, and you should be regarded as the source of the top marketing solutions. Are you viewed as the innovative marketer or company?

Here are some important points to remember when you pursue thought leadership marketing.

What Makes Thought Leadership Marketing Highly Respected?

Thought leadership marketing is now regarded as the best way to market and run your business. It’s positioning yourself as an expert that makes the difference, and it’s the content you create that attracts or repels your clients.

You will:

  1. Gain authority in your respective business niche.
  2. Create content that resonates with your audience.
  3. You will attract top quality individuals that will continue to seek out how they can work with you.
  4. You will become a sound source of news and the latest marketing trends.
  5. You will get more exposure in your industry and with your products.
  6. You will get more opportunities to work with more people in your industry.
  7. As you get more exposure, you will most likely be asked to speak at various companies and engagements for them.
  8. You will be given opportunities to write publications that share information about your industry, as well as your thoughts on how the industry is changing.

Marketing is a strength, but being a leader is the ultimate. When you share your thoughts and insights, and you are able to teach others what you know, you will become the source they think of first. Everything you share that has value will be highly regarded and you’ll make a name for yourself in your industry.

Every industry is different, mostly in terms of culture. If you are looking for answers on how to market yourself more effectively, you’ll want to study those who are providing a lot of high quality content.

Other Branches of Thought Leadership Marketing

Are you trying to be the very best that you can be? Creating original content that shares insight into your day as well as how you plan to excel this year is going to help prepare you for future endeavors.

The more you focus on creating valuable content and valuable subject matter, the more readership you’ll gain. Your videos could potentially increase your viewership along with readership, making you the first choice for a search on YouTube.

There are tons of reasons why business is fails, and it is most likely because no one is focused on thought leadership marketing.

James

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How Businesses Are Like Newborns

Businesses Are Like Newborns; Funny thing, my son just had his first baby. I’m a proud grandfather, I love it. I’m also an entrepreneur, so it’s great that I can have the freedom I need to enjoy this time with my new grandson.

I began to think about what a new baby needs, and quite honestly, I can see how my son is like most first time parents. You are never really prepared, regardless of your age, your job, or even your partner or spouse.

There is nothing that can prepare you for such a great unknown, yet it’s such a wonderful unknown. You have 9 months to get ready for that day of arrival, but you can still only get ready to the best of your ability.

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Having a newborn is like starting a new business. Starting a business is exciting yet it’s frightening all at the same time. Is there a way to overcome it? Can you really lay a good foundation for the business before that launch date?

Here are some things you should think about.

  1. You birth an idea. Many couples think about having a baby before they have one. Sometimes couples are prepared and other times…they are not so prepared! The business starts with an idea, just as having a baby starts with a thought. You dream about what life will be like with a new baby, and with a new business.
  2. You start creating. We all know how babies are made, but starting a new business takes planning and strategizing before it actually happens. Many business people refer to this as a business plan, while others just put together a mind map and set goals. You can call it what you want, but 9 months of planning is probably normal!
  3. You anticipate and take great care in each step. If you are the expectant mother, you want to take care of yourself and eat right, but you also want to make sure that you don’t miss your doctor’s appointments. A new business requires that you take care in each step towards opening your business. You’ll want to spend time working on your business every day, even before it becomes a reality. Wake up each morning with anticipation and take great care with each and every step to bring it to fruition.
  4. You call in the experts. Once you have the baby, you call upon your family and experienced mothers and fathers to help you. It does take a village to raise a child, right? The same is true with your new business. You need to network with as many people as possible in the areas that you’ll be working in. Those who are experienced are usually more than happy to help and offer advice, so don’t be shy about asking for help. You won’t know everything, and you’ll need as much help as you can get.
  5. You’ll be up late and sometimes you’ll just be up. Ah, a new baby means you won’t get a lot of sleep, but starting your new business means you’ll need to stay up late sometimes it takes a lot of work to make a business work, and it needs extra care and attention for the first few years. You won’t be able to leave it too much, but the rewards are always worth it. Sometimes you’ll need extra coffee, and then some nights you may need the whole pot.

New businesses and newborn babies are a lot alike, and it was funny that it came to mind when my grandson was born just a few days ago. It’s true, but the rewards are so worth it. Always give it your best, and be faithful in the small things, and you’ll be rewarded in due season!

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James

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Generating More Leads with Social Media

Generating more leads with social media is a beautiful thing if you can do it. Leads are the lifeblood of your business but if you don’t know where to get those leads you’ll struggle.

Without leads, you have no shot at making a sale. If you don’t make sales, you make no money. It pays to always be looking for new ways to generate leads.

What is your most successful platform so far? Are you achieving the success you desire with lead generation?

Today, I’m going to share some great resources and platforms to help you start generating more leads with social media.

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Generating More Leads with Social Media from a Power Position

Are you considered an expert in your industry?

If you are not considered an authority in your field you should do everything in your ability to become the first person people go to for help and advice when needed.

There are two solid components to building your business, but the first is;

  1. Your blog and a newsletter that you deliver by email. Attracting readers is great, but getting subscribers is even better. Your blog is by far one of the top lead generating machines, because it’s a great place for you to share valuable information with your audience. Creating valuable content that is written or created by video, make it easy for others to share what you’ve got to say.
  2. Facebook and then some. Did you know that Facebook isn’t just a search engine, but it’s a tool that is loaded with resources of its own to help you market better? You can use Facebook to run ads as well as to share photos, posts from other businesses or followers, and you can use it to share your own content. Facebook is the ideal lead generator for any business. You can also offer reports for download to get readers to opt-in if they provide you with their name and email address. Facebook is a win-win situation!
  3. Twitter marketing. Twitter is a great tool for marketing via social media, but keep in mind it’s a totally different animal from Facebook. Twitter provides an outlet for short messages on a frequent basis, and it’s a great place to network. You can also use Twitter to run ads, as well as share images, quotes, and more.
  4. LinkedIn. Did you know that LinkedIN isn’t just for networking, but it’s for sharing content as well? Searching and researching is the name of the game when it comes to using social media for generating leads, but LinkedIN is what many refer to as social media for grownups. The key with LinkedIN is getting aggressive. Spend a lot of time with it. Get to know it, and use it inside and out. The more you use any platform the better you’ll become with it.
  5. Video, video, and more video. Videos are a great way to generate leads, because they can all be shared on YouTube. Video allows you to show your face and get more personal with others. If your audience can see that you are a real person, and that you have real principles and that you have something to share, they will respond to you and they will want to follow you. Videos can be shared, and you can share your links as well as do interviews with others that you’ve helped as testimonials.

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There are so many channels that you can use to market yourself, your skills, and how you can help others. Don’t be afraid to share who you are and what you are all about. Never fear to share how you can help others, and you’ll begin generating more leads with social media.

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James

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Insider Secrets to Influencing Others Without Pressure!

Pressuring someone else into believing what you believe or think doesn’t work out well, but there are some fascinating secrets to influencing others.

You may feel that you haven’t been heard, or perhaps you feel as though you are being taken for granted. What if you could change the way others speak to you? What if you could get others to listen to you?

There are many factors in human relationships that contribute to being heard and getting others to come around to your way of thinking.

You can be self-directed and still cave in to the whims of others without knowing why or how it happens. It’s this amazing little thing called influence.

What are the secrets?

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Secrets to Influencing Others You Never Knew About

Trying to force others to do something isn’t pleasant, and it doesn’t usually work. You can really wear yourself out trying to get someone to see things the way you do.

There are some things you can do to influence the way others think and act, and in the process you can get them to agree with you, vote for you, and they may even begin acting like you.

Here are some secrets to influencing others.

  1. Listen, listen, listen. It has been said a lot lately that listening is a lost art. This is because it’s true. If everyone listened the way they should there would be fewer misunderstandings and more individuals would have the keys to success that they have been looking for. You may already know what someone is going to say to you, but give them the benefit of the doubt and just LISTEN. Listen all the way, and once you retain what they have told you, they are going to be impressed!
  2. Ask questions…and a lot of them. When you ask questions, you begin a conversation. It’s important to get people talking. The more you can get people to say, the more questions you can put behind it. If you can find out what others really want, you’ll be able to have more influence over them.
  3. Always show gratitude. When someone does something for you or your business, always say thank you as soon as possible. Don’t let the grass grow under your feet with this one. Saying “thank you” goes a long way. If they see how appreciative you are, they are more likely to stick their neck out for you in the future.
  4. Always apologize. Apologizing goes along way, and it’s important that you are able to put yourself aside for the sake of others. Even if you think you haven’t hurt someone and they think you have, just apologize. It’s better to get things out on the table and get it over with. It may be terrifying, but it will make you stronger than you ever imagined.
  5. Call people and STOP texting! Texting is a huge no-no in my book. There are so many reasons not to text, and the main one is to be more personal. The more personal you are with others, the more likely you are to get what you need from them. Don’t avoid people; reach out to them and let them know that you care.

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Listening, engaging others in conversation, and giving feedback are all important. Don’t make light of personal relationships because they are vital to your business and getting more out of life.

Hopefully you’ll discover the power in the secrets to influencing others when you put these to work.

James

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How to Coach for Mental Toughness

Have you ever hired a coach for mental toughness? If you have that’s great, but if you haven’t don’t be fearful.

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It seems that some folks are just tough, while others are struggling to get their breath. Is it possible to develop mental toughness?

Most individuals believe that athletes are naturally tough, but are they? When you see someone perform to their maximum level regardless of their challenges or injuries, you can be assured that they are mentally tough.

Can you push through on your own, or do you need a coach for mental toughness?

Today, I’m going to discuss a true definition of mental toughness and what you need to do to make positive changes in your life to get there.

Why it’s Possible to Coach for Mental Toughness

If you look around you, you most likely don’t see enough people that are mentally tough. You might know several people that love what they do, but you may not know people that will do whatever it takes to push through the pain or fatigue.

There are many people that seem to be able to work through just about anything, but those who can’t are often construed as weak. Coaching entrepreneurs is always compared to coaching a team in sports.

This is why it’s important to have a solid foundation for the basis for coaching for mental toughness. If you have a basis for something, you’ll be able to offer coaching for it.

Here are some interesting points to consider.

  1. Mental illness cases seem to be higher. Awareness of mass shootings tells us that mental illness is out of control. This also tells us that those affected by these shootings need some wise counsel. America isn’t mentally or emotionally fit, and the numbers on prescription drugs prove that. Counseling is one thing, but coaching is another. People need coaching to help them get through tough times and tough situations as they present themselves. Don’t underestimate the power of coaching.
  2. Disappointments shouldn’t hit you forever. When things don’t go your way, this shouldn’t affect you forever. The ability to work through this shouldn’t take months or even years. If you want to offer coaching, you know this to be true. You’ve most likely worked through some pretty heavy stuff in your life and you’ve come out shining on the other side. When you have experience, it’s easier to make a sound contribution to the life of another that needs the encouragement.
  3. Everyone needs a coach…everyone. Did you know that even Tony Robbins has a coach? Every coach needs a coach. Coaches are not invincible, they are people like you and me. Everyone faces hardships in life, and everyone has their own challenges.

Coaching is a viable profession, and any experience that you’ve had in life will help you to help someone else. If you are an entrepreneur and you have immersed yourself in making positive change in your life, you should consider being a coach for mental toughness.

 

James

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