Leadership is influence
Leaders understand the principle that everything rises and falls on leadership. Leaders help themselves and others do the right thing. They create direction, inspire people to take action by casting a vision, they make the tough decisions, they have the difficult conversations, they take ownership daily, and they love every minute of it!
I believe when it comes to leading other people, the best leaders do 3 things masterfully. The great leaders 1) Believe in people, 2) Value people, and 3) Love people without putting conditions on that love. That’s what this book is all about.
I believe the first part of this entire process is to define what leadership really is. Anyone can tell people what to do, but effective leadership requires much more than assigning people in a group tasks to do. John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” Leadership is a person’s ability to influence other people. That’s it. So if you want to increase your leadership, increase your influence.
Now let’s define influence. Dictionary.com defines influence as the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something. The capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions of others.
To increase your influence, you need to increase your people skills. But we will talk about that in another post! 😉
Here are a few simple ways to increase your influence with people:
- Be vulnerable
- Be authentic
- Look to help others accomplish their goals