How to Influence Others in a Positive Manner
Leaders are only considered such when they are respected by their peers and subordinates. In addition to this, leaders are there to provide guidance and inspiration to be able to get the job done in the best possible manner. For this reason, it is important for leaders to be able to successfully influence others in achieving not only their goals but the goals of the whole team.
Communication is Key
Leaders need to be able to influence their subordinates to accomplish tasks in the manner they see fit for the job at hand. However, simply ordering people around will not provide the positive and impressive results that are needed. Leaders should make good use of their communication skills to be able to not only provide proper instructions to their teams but provide a source of focus and inspiration as well. It is important to remember though that the words utilized when communicating with others should be the right ones. Words have consequences and can just as easily create misunderstandings and chaos at the work space. Constant practice in communication is key to be able to influence others in a positive manner.
Manners Can Make a Person
Having good and inspirational communication skills is something that every leader should have but it is not the only thing he/she needs to be able to influence individuals. Another important method which can help is showing good manners to everyone that they meet, no matter what rank or position. Having good manners will reflect positively towards a person’s presence and the respect received from others. Even when a leader does not speak or is not in the room, good manners will leave a positive impression on others which becomes a worthy tool.
A Well-Modulated Voice Makes a Difference
No one desires to listen to a leader or inspirational speaker with a squeaky and high pitched voice. More importantly, speaking in a small and barely audible voice will most likely cause a leader to be ignored and not taken seriously. Throughout history, great leaders, both men and women, have a similar quality that makes them stand out and be heard. They all have a well-modulated and deep voice which catches the attention, interest and admiration of others. Although people do not have a choice when it comes to the natural sound of their voices, one can still practice enough to improve how it sounds.
Making One’s Presence Known
A leader should always make their presence known. It is important to take the time and effort to socialize with people at the office to seem approachable and gain the respect of one’s peers at the same time. A good leader should be able to recognize that every person in an organization has a vital role to play and they should show this type of acknowledgement towards others.
Being able to influence others is something that every leader must be able to do. However, having the ability also requires them to be responsible enough to use this skill in a positive manner. By influencing others, a leader will be able to provide inspiration and knowledge for others to get ahead in the corporate world.
As a self-professed “manager from hell,” Steve Caldwell learned through the hard knocks of making mistakes while building a career. Today he serves as a leadership coach, mentor and role model guiding high achieving managers to become the strong leaders their companies, employees and the world needs. He is also author of the book Manager Mojo – Be the Leader that Others Want to Follow (available on Amazon).
“In all arenas, we suffer from a lack of leadership talent,” Steve observes. “Every day employees are promoted into management with no training or support to guide their development into leadership positions. You don’t have to be born to lead. You can learn to lead.” He can be reached by email at Steve@ManagerMojo.com or by phone at (415) 670*9543.