Most managers and executives would state that they have a strong influence overall within the business they are in. That may simply be their view on the matter without evidence to support their assertion or belief.
- Personal attitude and behavior are the platform for influence.
Speaking to others in neutral tones, having an open body posture, and making eye contact with people while speaking to them, are all indicators of consistency.
- Continuing to be approachable.
Maintaining your listening skills and requesting suggestions from those working in the front lines is invaluable.
- Requesting feedback from employees.
When you request constructive feedback form employees opening yourself to receiving feedback that assists in confirming and enhancing the degree of influence you have.
- Increased cooperation for change and new initiatives.
Having employees rally around you to cooperate, champion, and assist whole heartedly with the implementation of your programs or projects you can clearly see the evidence of being influential.
Like anything else influence may be achieved and lost. To maintain the momentum that has started be sure to keep your behavior and attitude consistent and open to receive feedback from those around you.
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Solo and Small Biz Change Agent, Marie-Helene Sakowski at firstname.lastname@example.org