Lead vs Influence

Lead vs Influence

How to Be an Influencer


Are you a business leader looking to make more of a difference in your community? If so I have great news for you.


The skills you use to successfully lead your business and the skill you need to impact your community have a lot in common.


It’s easy to think that the behaviors that work in business don’t work in society at large. After all, your neighbors aren’t your employees, so why should they listen to you?


The answer is simply in the difference between being a leader and a boss. Leaders inspire and invite others to follow them. Bosses give orders.


If you have the skills of a leader, you can make an incredible difference in your community and in your company, no matter where you serve.


Know What Motivates Those Around You

One problem many people have is that they care more about their own agenda than the ideas of those around them. Choosing to care about other’s ideas, dreams, and motivations can help you stand out from the crowd.


Caring about others’ motivation also gives you an important advantage. People will see you as someone who can help them achieve their goals, which means you will have influence with them. They will listen to your strategies and ideas if they feel you have their best at heart.


Combine the Big Vision with the Small Details

Some people have a big picture view and are always looking to the future. Others focus on details and think about what they can implement today.


If you can do both, you’ll be well on your way to being an influencer.


Not only will combining the overall strategy with the daily tactics give you a better understanding of the situation, it will allow you to relate to others better. You can speak to both the big picture folks and the detail people in their own language, which will help them respect you and give your ideas priority.


Develop Excellent Communication Skills

Being a great communicator isn’t a single skill. Instead, it combines a variety of skills, including:

  • Timely responses to messages and calls
  • Public speaking
  • The ability to handle hard conversations
  • Active listening
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Written communication


All these skills have to be combined with a solid grasp of communication strategy. Strategic communication is about knowing who needs what information, when they need it, and having a plan to ensure they receive it.


Skip the Blame Game

If mistakes happen – and they will – don’t get involved in trying to find out whose fault it was. Fault is irrelevant and pointing fingers will make you look small and insecure.


Instead, be a leader by jumping right in and helping fix the problem. By being decisive and helping during difficult situations, you will build your reputation and become more influential in the groups you serve.


Influence is About Service, Not Position

Some business and community leaders who want to make a difference focus on obtaining high-level positions in the organization. They believe that if they have a title, people will listen to their ideas and act on what they share.


Unfortunately, that’s far from the truth. Someone who consistently serves, in any role, will have more real influence than a power-grabbing CEO or board president. People may obey to a boss if they have to, but they will be looking for ways to undercut or under-implement the ideas.


In contrast, a faithful doorman who makes a simple suggestion to an upper executive may receive more respect and have more influence simply because he or she has been serving for years. Proven character is a larger part of influence than the title on your desk.


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