Influence has countless benefits, and is a particularly lucrative asset in the business world.—Jayson DeMers

We feel everyone is a leader since everyone has the ability to influence others. Do you agree? Granted there’s a need to have positive intent and a “want” to influence (or help) others in their role, decision making process, or for growth in general, but let’s say that the “want” exists.

Jayson DeMers, Founder and CEO, AudienceBloom provides seven ways to build levels of influence:

  1. Build Trust With Your Co-Workers
  2. Cultivate Reliability Through Consistency
  3. Be Assertive, Not Aggressive
  4. Be Flexible
  5. Be Personal
  6. Focus on Actions Rather Than Argument
  7. Listen to Others

Have you been on teams where someone just automatically becomes the leader and sometimes the spokesperson?  Where team members seek that person’s opinion (and acceptance) even though no reporting structure exists?

Why do you think that is? Chances are the “influencer/leader” is very approachable, non-judgmental, collaborative, and builds relationships. They understand and appreciate differing styles, and know how to inspire and ensure all team members are engaged.

They’re also a team player. They expect nothing more from others than what they’re willing to do. They understand the goals, and their behaviors and actions support them. When they provide feedback, it’s well intended, and if issues arise, they involve the team to assess the “whys”, and determine improvement options.

Influencers are also good with clarity;

  • What needs to be accomplished?
  • By when?
  • What are the tasks and who “owns” each task?
  • Are the needed resources (dollars or personnel) in place?
  • Are there any known barriers or obstacles to overcome?

Regardless of your role or title, are you an influential leader?

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
–Kenneth Blanchard