So, what exactly is it to ‘influence’ someone and how do you tap into your personal power? It is the ability to affect the character, development, or behavior of someone or something. At the core of every individual is the ability to lead and influence others. Knowing how to utilize influence in everyday situations is crucial to gaining an understanding of others - it encourages openness and communication, builds goodwill, and is a key element to being a successful leader.
Are You Implementing Them All?
Daniel Goleman, author of Leadership that Gets Results, developed research that suggests the most effective executives use a collection of distinct leadership styles, each in the right measure, at just the right time. This adaptability is tough to put into practice, but pays off when executed. Best part, it can be learned.
The average age that managers get leadership training is 42, which is about ten years after they begin supervising people. 95% of employers believe leadership development should begin by the age 21. This means that we begin to train leaders 21 years too late. WorkTrends found that companies that scored the highest in offering their employees training and development were 40% higher in employee engagement scores than those companies that scored the lowest in their T & D offerings. A 2014 University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School study in conjunction with the Human Capital Institute found that 85% of executives surveyed said there was an “urgent need to step up leadership development.” So how do we prepare our organization to build effective leaders?
Knowing how to work productively with other people is crucial to achieving professional success and continuing to grow over time. Consequently, experts in business and leadership have been increasingly interested in exploring the concept of emotional intelligence over recent years. By understanding the way you and others feel and applying your skills in managing emotions, you may pave the way toward the next steps in your career.
Leading in a World of Diversity
Today's businesses rely heavily on departments that run smoothly and align closely with the needs of the rest of the organization. Leadership and workers need to be on the same page when setting objectives, completing projects and planning for future growth. As time passes, however, an inevitable challenge for maintaining cohesion has arisen in many workplaces.