November 5, 2019

Leadership is About Influence Not Authority

Great leaders lead with influence, not with power and control.

In a workplace where power and control run the show:

  • Bosses tightly control everything – approve every decision, manage every interaction, and oversee every meeting
  • Burnout is common, and employee turnover is high
  • Employees are over-managed and micromanaged
  • Fear, coercion, threats, and intimidation are commonplace
  • Innovation and creativity are non-existent
  • Employees are disengaged and unmotivated
  • Productivity dwindles – pressure keeps mounting

Here’s the thing:

Leading with power and control is ego-driven. The spotlight is on the boss. The underlining need for power and control can stem from greed, anger, fear, insecurities…

Leading with authority is about getting noticed and recognized.

Influence considers what is the best for the team and the organization.

“It’s amazing how much you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
Harry S. Truman

Power uses a one-way dialogue.

Influence encourages open dialogue and creates a supportive conversation.

Influence Leaders:

  • Lead by example with clarity of vision
  • Build trust and garner respect
  • Teach principles and provide guidelines
  • Create psychological safety – fostering growth
  • Cultivate relationships and spread praise – fueling innovation and creativity

Employees feel appreciated, inspired, and empowered.
Engagement and productivity increase.
Employee retention strengthens.

Great leaders influence and inspire others to do what needs to get done.

A leader who leads with influence is a mentor, a teacher, a guide, and a catalyst.

Great leaders inspire creativity, innovation, and empower others to greatness.

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”

John Maxwell

There are many ways to get started…

One of the simplest ways is to ask:

“How can I help?”