Anyone can influence someone today. Influencing someone does not require a leadership or manager position or title. However, if you positively influence people it will allow you to become a leader. Influence can be defined as “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.” It’s important to begin to or raise your influence in the different areas of your life. Below are 4 areas anyone can begin or increase their influence today:
I believe the most important area to influence is family. Successfully influencing in the other areas requires the ability to have and maintain positive influence within your home. I have found serving, quality family time, leadership, and setting a high standard example essential when it comes to increasing your influence at home. Remember your leadership impact starts at home.
Anyone can influence the people they work with from subordinates, colleagues, direct manager, to upper management. Author Mark Sanborn said, “It doesn’t matter what your position is, or how long you’ve worked at your job. Anyone at any level can learn to be a leader and help to shape or influence the world around them.” The foundation of influencing while at work is to effectively use your time and energy to be superb in your current position. Then to expand by taking on extra work, bring creative ideas to the table, finding solutions to department or organizational problems, and building team unity.
The internet is a powerful way to start or increase your influence. Social media and blogging gives anyone the ability to showcase their craft and talents. This can allow you to work in passion areas and move you toward your dreams. An important element to gaining online influence is to be both strategic and disciplined in Build a Platform.
The key to influencing our communities comes through involvement. This requires being intentional in finding and engaging in community relations and activities. This can be done by volunteering at a local church, a non-profit organization, or being the catalyst in starting or changing something that leads to a stronger and united community (Or neighborhood). Let’s remember the words of Marianne Williamson the next time we think about influencing our community, “In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it. “
Questions: What are some other areas anyone can start or increase their influence in? How are you expanding your influence?