Lead with Influence not Power

Leaders often lead with influence while managers often lead with power (Managers can use power because of their title). We should lead with influence and not power. Influence shows others where they should go while power tells them to go there. Ordway Tead says, “Leadership is the activity of influencing people to cooperate toward some goal which they came to find desirable”. If you want to lead others toward a goal you need to influence them in a positive way. If you focus on influencing others instead of using power you will always be a leader.

John Maxwell says, “That leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less”. Influencing others is the key to leadership. This is a great quote to remember because the essential quality of a leader is having and maintaining influence. Leaders are leaders because they have positive influence over others. Leaders who have influence can lead a team of people or company successfully. The legacy of a leader will depend on the influence not the power of a leader. So the aspect of influence in a leader’s life is essential to their success. No matter who you are you can lead with influence if you,

Let go of your pride.
Have and share a compelling vision of the future.
Get to know the people you lead.
Recognize and reward your people.
Have a positive attitude.
Always be growing your leadership lid.
Be a mentor leader.
Connect people to others.
Maintain your values and beliefs.

It’s your choice to lead with influence or power. Both leaders and managers should focus on leading by positively influencing others. One of the top priorities a person should have is to lead others through influence. It’s a daily choice to lead with influence and not with power. Influence is a must in order to win at work and in life. Leaders should focus on the above ways to lead with influence and by doing so the leader will lead their followers successfully. So today make the choice to lead others with influence and not by power.

Question: How do you lead with influence?

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