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Got Influence? Sure You Do. Now What?

The Coates Perspective for January 30, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
Knowing How To Cultivate The Leadership Gift of Influence
What is it that makes a leader a really good leader? A lot of it has to do with how he or she leverages their influence. Are they having a positive influence or are they having a negative influence on other people? This is the critical issue for the leader. There are some leaders who are mesmerized by their “title.” They wrongly conclude that the title alone makes them a good leader.

Stanley Huffty makes an excellent point when he says, “It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position.” Influence is a gift; it is a trust. The best leaders are always the leaders who use their influence for the good of others.

Here is the take-a-way for the leader who desires to use his or her influence in the right way. How is it done? What does a Quality Leader have to do in order to be a good influence on others? Here are a few suggestions:

1.     It’s not about the title. Remember that job titles come and go but it is the character of the leader that really defines the person. Work on building your character first and the titles will take care of themselves.

2.     You do not live in a vacuum. What you do as a leader will impact others for good or for harm. If you have been given the great responsibility of leadership, then you must be keenly aware of the kind of influence you possess. Influence is like currency. Spend it wisely.

3.     People are watching you: those you work with and those with whom you live. Are you leading in such a way that you will eventually regret or will your life be defined as one who learned to leverage influence in the right way? The choice is yours.
If you need help working through the process consider using the resources at Coates and Associates, Inc. We would consider it an honor to visit with you about developing a process forward.

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