“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers”. Robin S. Sharma
I’m not clear on what’s expected of me, what impact I have on the team or business results and why my performance really matters….these comments frequently come up in Leadership workshops. It’s the source of frustration, disillusionment and loss of motivation. The clarity of why each person matters has been lost… and this can have a noticeable impact on the potential results for you and your teams.
To be a leader is to be someone who has the ability to influence. Being the one to take control of our own standards and expectations is a very powerful thing to do. Regardless of what everyone else is doing around us, we each have the opportunity to take ownership of how we act, our expectations and where we want to take our business, career or life in general. Our journey is simply that…. OUR journey. Waiting for others to make things happen for us is not leadership.
Here are 3 Tips to being the Leader who Influences others
Recognise we are all leaders – regardless of whether we have a title, are managing people or are on our own journey, we all have the ability to influence either our actions or the actions of others. When asked by the President of the US what role the cleaner was playing, the cleaner was clear “I’m helping put man on the moon”
Clearly communicate What & Why it matters – let’s be honest the days of telling people to do things because you said so have gone. Clear communication of what’s expected and why it matters to all concerned ensures everyone is clear on why it matters to strive first time
Identify your strengths & beware of expectations – to influence takes being confident in your abilities. Use those strengths you have to drive better performance, from yourself and those around you. At the same time, work on your less strengths so you can add them to your toolkit.
Being the one to set the standard, take on activities that are helping you get towards your goals and building relationships to enhance your standing are all ways to influence either yourself or others. Ownership of these will see you in control of your results and move through the ranks.
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Have an awesome week!