An influential leader is a leader who creates followers who want to follow them, instead of followers who believe they have to follow them.
Are you a leader who has followers who want to follow you, or do they follow you only because they believe they have to? Take sometime and think about this, if you had to go to war would your employees follow you and fight with you or would they choose not to go with you into battle? Answering this question isn’t easy and could actually be a rude awakening as many leaders believe their employees would follow them because they want to, when in actual fact they only follow them because they have to.
Can you become a Influential Leader with followers who want to follow you, yes you can. You might just need some fine tuning, but some leaders will need a whole attitude change, but if you really want to change then you can. It all depends on you.
Below are 8 Traits of a Influential Leader:
- Passion – demonstrate a passion for the organization, for the employees that motivates and inspires others.
- Empowerment – make the empowerment and upliftment of your employees one of your core focus areas.
- Authentic – show your employees that you are a human, be your authentic self and trust will be earned.
- Growth – continuously grow, continuously learn, show your employees that you can also learn from them, don’t always know best.
- Care – care for the well-being of your employees, be empathetic towards them and be there for them when they need someone to listen to them.
- Humility – always remain humble, arrogance will get you no where and will earn you no respect.
- Serve – ask your employees what you can do for them, don’t make everything about you and what your employees can do for you.
- Giving – life is a two way street, don’t always expect something in return from your employees when you give them something.
As a leader who wants to influence others in a way where they want to follow you, implement these in your daily life and see the change happen. But remember one thing your employees will notice if you have in actual fact changed or if you are being fake.
The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.Kenneth H. Blanchard
Be the Leader your team, your organization needs you to be.