Leadership. It’s all about influence. Without influence, effective leadership does not exist, yet too many people in positions of responsibility rely solely on their official title, assuming they have influence on their direct reports.
They may have less influence than they know. Influence comes from more than just a title. While position carries some influence, true influence happens with a heart connection.
Did you know that influence can be effortless? When we live from a place of authenticity and integrity with humility, vulnerability and a servant’s heart, showing vulnerability, people will be compelled to follow.
A true leader needs no title or position. Leaders influence with their lives.
As I sit here in the unusual quiet of a local coffee shop, I can’t help but think about a dear friend’s influence in my life. We were friends with a deep mutual respect for each other. We didn’t work for the same company, but shared a passion for a common cause.
Because of her influence, I’m sipping coffee from a porcelain mug, listening to instrumental music on my ipod for focus, and smiling about the wireless mouse that we both love because it has the fastest scrolling capabilities on the planet. That’s influence.
I’m surrounded by and forever changed by her influence and I don’t even know how it happened.
Competent, caring leaders with influence have the potential to change the world by just doing what they do, being who they are. They don’t need titles or position. Who do you need to be so you can be a person of influence?
What stories of influence (or lack thereof) would you like to share in a comment below?