You can’t immediately change people, but you can influence them to eventually change. This is why influence is the most important part of leadership. If leading means having people follow, then we must influence them in order for them to see a good enough reason to follow. So, how can you as a leader influence people more than you currently are?
To influence others to follow, you must be beside them, influencing them along the way. Very rarely can you influence someone when you are in the far distance. That’s impressing someone, not influencing them. And I’m not speaking of influence as a one time event, but influence happens over time. The amount of influence we have in the lives of others will not be seen now, but in the years to come.
Here are six ways you can begin influencing those around you:
- See the strengths in others, and point them out.
- Take the time to speak into the lives of others.
- Help others develop a plan to focus on their strengths in more ways than they already are.
- Genuinely care about the outcome.
- Be there not only now, but in the future.
- Show the people who you influence how to do the same for others.