When I make this statement, Leadership is Influence and Influence is Leadership, what do I mean? Well, I have experienced many conversations where people say things like, "I am not a leader", or "when I get a leadership position I will learn that". The challenge that I have with this mentality is that we are ALL leaders, whether we have leader in our title or not.
By definition, a leader is someone who has followers and the way you get followers is by influencing them. It is also true that we all influence other people, whether this be intentionally or not, and therefore we are all leaders. Influence is a powerful tool and it can be used positively or negatively. When you master the understanding of people and the positive impact that you can have on their life through your influence, it is powerful.
We grow up being influenced by our parents, teachers, friends, and role models. These people are not all "leaders" in the traditional definition but there is no doubt that they influenced us, and therefore we followed them, right? If your life connects with other people in any way, you are an influencer and by proxy a leader.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
As you reflect on these questions you may also be thinking about the people in your life who influence you. Your thoughts will probably drift to your current leader and what influence they have on you. What about your family? Do they influence you and do you influence them? The answer is yes, so the question then becomes: "Am I influencing in the best way?"
Here are some tips that will help you to positively influence others:
I find this an intriguing subject and it is a great one for a mastermind session as it generate a lot of thought provoking conversation and questions. These are the type of discussions that we have in my Mastermind Community and I love seeing the "light bulb" moments when people realize how much power they have. You see, not understanding the power that you have can cause a lot of challenges. How many times has an innocent comment been misinterpreted and what was the consequence?
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