According to the dictionary, the definition of influence is “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something…
As leaders, we strive to have a positive influence on the development of those around us. For that to happen, we must be someone people wish to follow, not have to follow.
That is why when building leadership skills, it’s imperative to work on communication and connection skills. These includes (but are not limited to) listening, negotiation, empathy, candid conversations etc. This People Management article makes a great case for listening and leadership https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/voices/comment/key-to-being-good-manager-being-good-listener#gref
Reflection Question: What skills do I need to improve upon in order to be able to positively influence those around me?
Topic Next Week: The Power of Rest