In today’s world, employees look for consensus-building leadership. Upping your leadership (at any level) requires upping your influencing abilities. Here’s how:
• Build your credibility – Being an expert helps, but credibility also encompasses matching your actions to your words, admitting mistakes and being accountable.
• Increase your likeability – People are more influenced by people they like, who are often those that interact and speak with tact and diplomacy, who listen when others speak and are a positive influence.
• Be trustworthy – Leaders build a solid foundation of trust by giving credit where it is due, delivering what you promise and never, ever, gossiping.
– Valerie M. Grubb, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Trainer (article submitted by the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce)