In the first part of this series we discussed serving and exceeding the expectations of your leader. There are powerful results when you chose to be an influential follower. It not only positively impacts your direct supervisor but those higher in the chain of command. Influencing your boss can allow you to be seen as a key person in your organization. Here are 2 more ways to be an influential follower:
1. Encourage your leader
Every leader needs to be encouraged. Formal Actors Celeste Holm’s said, “We live by encouragement and die without it.” Often, everyone can be working toward the purpose and goals of the organization that they fail to see everything the leader is doing. The work of a leader can go unrecognized. The leader’s job can be stressful and demanding causing a leader to be drained and at times discouraged.
Encouragement from followers can cause a leader to remain driven, motivated, and energized. Take regular time to recognize and speak kind or encouraging words to your leader. Choose your words in a way that will inspire and uplift them. Influence your leader by creating positive and good feelings for them through your words.
2. Remain committed to your leader
You should be completely committed to your leader. Being committed means you trust and are loyal to your leader. You support and have your leaders back. It’s easy to be committed in front of your leader but it’s another thing to remain committed when your leader is not around. When it’s only you and fellow followers remain committed to your leader.
When you hear people gossip or criticize your leader make sure to stop them and let them know you support them. Your commitment will spread around and get back to your leader. When your leader sees your dedication and commitment, your influence with them will increase. The exception is if your leader does something unethical. If this happens you should not support or commit yourself to the wrong choices they are making.
Question: What would you add, how can a person be an influential follower?
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