The talk of the press this week has been leadership. Everyone has been discussing politics, the negatives and positives of the Brexit vote. It makes you wonder what makes an influential leader? Especially in an environment that could easily turn sour after implementing a major change in your work schedule. A major factor within a leader’s decision making process is the opposition. If your colleagues or partners don’t agree with your proposal you’re likely to lose support, regardless of your importance. However, making thoughtful and influential decisions doesn’t always need to come from the top.
Here’s top tops to gain influence
It’s important not to get distracted, focus on your goals and what you want to achieve. Something our national football team tend to forget. Keep yourself focused, set yourself weekly targets, take control over your own destiny and you’ll begin to see an improvement in day to day management.
Self confidence in your own abilities is important to our business. If you’re going to put an idea forward, make sure you’re confident it’ll be a success. When presenting your ideas prepare in advance for criticising questions. By doing so, you’ll be influential and could possibly change the way your office runs.
Motivation to succeed
To drive your confidence, you need to be motivational in order to have an influence on your peers. Don’t just focus on what you know, take inspiration from other leaders, read motivating blogs. Look at Richard Branson for example, despite the subtle Virgin Group promotion he presents some great ideas to improve productivity and develop the next leaders. You must love what you do. To become a successful leader, obsess over it and let it consume you. Never be satisfied and always push to do something bigger.
Be Honest about your policy
Honesty is the most important trait as a leader. Don’t lead people astray, you may think a white lie eases the pressure. However, everyone gets caught in the end. You’ll find that honesty will improve your self-confidence, you’ll become more passionate about your agenda and as well as displaying the positives you’ll be able to counter any criticism a lot more professionally.
The final point, to help you become an influential leader is to be patient and don’t expect an instant response. Yes, it can be frustrating waiting for a response whether it’s on telephone or email, but bear in mind other colleagues have a busy schedule. There is no point shouting the odds at someone, demanding an instant meeting. Patience is really the courage that’s meant to test your commitment. The road is usually a bumpy one, but the most influential leaders will understand when to abandon a particular agenda and stay on course. Play the waiting game, there are many factors to getting the right deal, whether it’s external markets, competition, budgets or consumer demand.