Email and texting should never be a substitute for face to face communication or phone conversation. However, if crafted properly, these can be useful in reinforcing your ideas and increasing your influence.
Transformational Influence is a term I created from witnessing the transformation of people’s lives through conversation, prayer, and commitment to others. Transformational Influence occurs when we affect the way a person thinks, acts or behaves through our conversations, personal actions or simply our intention.
Life has its ups and downs, its turbulence and its smooth flying. We sometimes stall, but hopefully, we change our attitude and recover to make a smooth landing.
As you stare down on this big ugly beast, realize that your reaction will determine your success or failure What will your reaction be, discouragement or comfort? Your answer depends on you. I think all of us will feel despair in the beginning. But it doesn’t have to consume us. In fact, I believe we must take advantage of these situations and find ways to stay motivated and encouraged in difficult times.
I’ve found that most successful leaders become successful through their insatiable drive to learn more. They are never satisfied with what they know, they always want to know more. In fact, successful leaders are somewhat obsessive with their desire and drive to learn.
A leader’s greatest challenge and most difficult task, is self-leadership. If you lead yourself correctly, you will influence others and they will follow. Failure to manage your self-leadership will create a loss of respect and the inability to influence, causing people to leave and follow others.
As a leader, one of the most frustrating things is to have someone on my team not take the initiative to make things happen. Instead they sit back and wait for direction, or constantly need my approval that their path or ideas are right.
Authentic integrity is the foundation of a person’s credibility. Credibility creates confidence and that confidence allows influence.
John C. Maxwell said; “People naturally see themselves in the light of their intentions, but they measure others according to their actions.” Man that was me. I use to avoid conflict all cost. Hmmmm, that’s probably not entirely true. I think it would be more accurate to say, that I use to instigate conflict when I could. Overall, I HATE CONFLICT! Can’t we all just get along?
Those who influence the influencers, are those who influence those who have influence. In other words, to lead leaders, you must influence those who lead others. Do what you do well and lead those you lead with conviction and passion and you will find yourself leading leaders.
“Effective leaders keep one eye one the compass and one eye on the clock.” Commit to more focus in 2017 and become a more efficient and effective leader.
A New Year is a great time to reflect!