Having influence can be critical for success. Gaining influence when you are a leader within a business, can lead to respect, appreciation, as well as admiration.
Influence, like any skill, can take time and energy to develop.
This blog will detail tips on how to develop influence within a corporate setting.
1. Build Trust
Only when a colleague trusts you, they will be open to your influence. Building trust through transparency and being open and honest with your colleagues, can promote a healthy, influential employment relationship.
2. Be assertive
Some senior leaders believe influence can be developed through fear; however, this is not the case. By being assertive and confident and not aggressive – you can get your ideas across, without coming across as dictatorial or arrogant.
3. Listen and make people feel understood
Building mutual trust and respect as a leader requires you to listen to what other people have to say and understanding what it is they are trying to get across. This encourages a culture of where employees feel they can speak up and feel heard. Incorporating colleagues’ ideas into the strategy naturally leads to a position of influence and mutual trust.
4. Do what you say you are going to do
Speak through your actions. By leading from example and achieving what you say you are going to, will drive respect and in turn, build influence.
5. Develop strong, meaningful connections
Take the time to build rapport with colleagues by taking the time to get to know them. Influence can be driven through being approachable. Taking the time to ask personal questions such as interest and hobbies, will promote a team atmosphere.
6. Be consistent
Consistency is crucial for building influence. If you do not have consistency and are unpredictable in your actions, thoughts or decisions, colleagues won’t know when to trust you or when they can rely on you.
Developing influence should be a key skill all business leaders focus on, as the results are vast. But remember it takes time, practice, and effort.