“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” -Kenneth Blanchard
There are several types of leaders in our world today, but at the heart of it all, the influential leader is the one we’d most likely want to work for and respect. Influential leaders understand the power of a mind that’s eager to listen, to understand and to learn. Positional leaders tend to be threatened by others’ ideas.
Influential leaders lead with an inspiring spirit that focuses on “We” and less on “Me”. The influential leader’s goal is to inspire the team toward success and to celebrate the team members’ contributions. Positional leaders tend to lead from the top floor corner office, alienated from the team.
Influential leaders keep in balance the opinions and thoughts of others while the positional leader measures the comments of others as a metric for success. Influential leaders understand that leadership will not always make others happy but they understand the need to focus team members and customers on the goal, the mission, and the values that produce the greatest results.
Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
Influential leaders are about what can be accomplished when the team aligns, collaborates, and wins together.
This holiday season, I encourage you to be a contributor to winning teams. If you’re a leader, train yourself to be the best influential leader you can be. Read great leadership books, identify three areas of your leadership life that you can work to improve, and seek honest input about your leadership life from the key people you trust and respect.
If you’re a member of the team being lead by a secure and influential leader, celebrate that leader. He or she is a gift to you! Express your gratitude and appreciation in ways that make it clear that you’re honored to be part of this leader’s team.
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