We have for too long now believed that influence is the practice of what we “do” to people. We persuade them. We negotiate with them. We manipulate them. We intimidate them. We coerce them. We feel if we get them to do what we want, we are influential.
However, these are external actions. While they may influence others, they don’t make us, at the core, influencers.
The goal of every leader is to be influential, not by merely using tactics but as an expression of who they actually are. The good news is that real influence - being influential - can be cultivated, learned, and enhanced. Essentially, becoming influential is a process.
Part Four in our series on the Seven Commitment Traits and coaching leaders.
In our initial articles, we have looked at how to coach several of the Seven Influence Traits. Today, we move to the fourth of the Seven Influence Traits™ - Passion.
All of us are inspired by a story of passion.
You can influence people in a positive way. With a little time and practice, you can also leave an impression on all who you come into contact with.
Keeping your morale up each day can be really difficult. Trust me, I understand. But there are 6 practices that I’ve learned to do over the years that have helped me keep my energy and morale pretty high most days.
What really lights your fire as a businessperson? It’s the wild things, like your industry’s game changers. When’s the last time you thought them?