8 Simple Steps To Improve Influence

Very rarely am I involved in a conversation about leadership that does not include the topic of influence. I believe that influence is what most leaders seek; although, many will confuse influence with motivation. Motivation is important in leadership; it gets the job done. However, influence, is lasting. Influence is legacy. Today I want to share with you eight simple steps to improve your legacy by growing your capacity for influence.I recently read this awesome quote by Roy Croft, “I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.”Wow – wouldn’t it be cool to have your team say that about you?What are some steps we can take to grow our influence with others? Here are eight sure-fire ways:Think about those people who influenced your life – in both positive and negative ways. We rarely forget the impact they had in shaping our behavior, thoughts, beliefs, and feelings.I know we eventually forgive those that had a negative influence on us. But…how often do we acknowledge and thank those who’ve had a positive influence on us?I recently had the great honor to thank two very influential people in my life. It felt wonderful to thank them, and even better to see the looks on their faces and feel the love in their hearts.One of my favorite quotes by Lao Tzu demonstrates influence at its best:As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear, and the next the people hate. When the best leader's work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves!"As always, I would love to hear from you.What are some of the ways you’ve found to influence others, and what are the best ways for others to influence you?With love,Maria