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https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8355315676922352132 Everyone influences others. You don’t have to be in a high-profile occupation to be an influencer; whenever your life connects with another person, you exert influence. Everything you do—at home, at work, or at play—has an impact on the lives around you. No matter what your goals are in life, you can achieve them faster, you can be more effective, and the contribution you make can be longer lasting if you learn to develop your influence.
People respond to one another according to their level of influence. The more influence we have, then the more people seek our advice, trust our decisions, and follow our lead. If we desire to be successful and lead the way, then we must focus on gaining influence.
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Going somewhere that others fear going requires courage, confidence, commitment, and candor. Leaders that do not have these four virtues find it difficult to lead people in unchartered waters. Exceptional leaders who exhibit these four virtues have the ‘stuff’ that makes others trust them in unknown territories.
But of all of these confidence is the most necessary when you expect others to ‘go boldly where no man has gone before.’ Confidence in one’s abilities to achieve is a must. When a leader has low self-esteem, followers can sense it and will not follow. Thus, a leader must develop confidence by engaging in a personal growth strategy that ensures confidence is built. Without confidence, a leader will falter in the face of challenge.
How you perceive yourself as a person, a leader is vital to your success. The only way to enhance your self-confidence is to challenge yourself to be, do, and act in ways unfamiliar to your nature. With every success, your confidence grows; with every failure, your experience grows. You learn the many talents and gifts that lie hidden in your being through experience and training. So as a leader, build your self-confidence so that others will sense it and follow you into unchartered waters. The best way to do this is to have a coach who will challenge you and hold you accountable. That’s what I do and I believe that I have what it takes to help you build your self-confidence as a leader. Contact me when you’re ready to take the plunge and let my program help you improve your leadership skills.
“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” ~ John Maxwell
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality” ~ Max De Pree
There I was. I had just walked into my new role as Senior Personnel Sergeant charged with leading a group of soldiers tasked with performing all the human resource management tasks for our unit as well as being excellent in the execution of common tasks for a combat soldier. Each of the men came up and introduced themselves and I did my best to size them up based on their demeanor, voice tone, and presentation. It became obvious to me who the leader was; a specialist with about three years on the job. He was the one who briefed me, told me my job, and proceeded to direct all the others. He was fun to watch; it was clear he had no clue as to what role this personnel office really played within the unit. He was just completing tasks as they came in and sticking to a schedule of reports that had been directed by the commander. He was a good manager; but he was not a leader; he had no vision.
The role of defining reality involves discovering and committing to the vision of the corporation, not just the tasks of a unit or team. A leader does not read procedural manuals to learn processes per say; rather, a leader reads procedural and policy manuals to learn the vision and culture of the company. A leader intuitively desires to know the big picture; how can I add value to the company as one of its servant leaders. He or she is looking for where the company is, where the company is headed, and processes used in the past and in the present to reach that vision. From this data, a leader helps his or her team discover purpose, identity, and value in their role within the company. A leader defines the reality within which that team operates as a part of the entire organization. Do you remember the song “Misfits” in the movie Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer? In that song, the principal question that needed answering was, “Why am I such a misfit; why don’t I fit in?” Leaders define reality for the team in such a way that they understand how their role fits into the bigger picture of the company. Additionally, leaders use their influence to ensure the gifts of each person under their purview are maximized. Leadership is influence beccause leaders cast vision; they define reality in such a way that people enjoy performing their roles in excellent fashion.