10 Leadership Characteristics That Improve Influencing Skills
I was raised to believe I could become whatever I bothered to learn. No single idea has served me better. What do you consider to be the most important end result of a leader? My answer is influencing skills, hands down. Finding leadership characteristics to improve influence is one area of consistence interest to me.
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Ever wondered how the best leaders handle distinguishing their leadership characteristics so effortlessly? The truth is, most highly successful people do stumble, worry, and doubt themselves, just like the rest of us. But they are very good at mastering the way they are perceived.
I have been in the military and business world for forty years and often get asked what I believe are the most important leadership characteristics. It takes time and practice to be a top line leader. You are not borne with leadership behaviors. And you are never done developing them.
My experience leads me to this list of xx business leadership characteristics that most successful leaders all share. They rank as the most significant to success as a leader in my perspective.
If you want to be a better leader, work on continuously distinguishing this list:
People believe in those leaders that stand strong through adversity and continuously show their commitment.
Inspire and motivate
No matter how good you are, you will only be as successful as your team. So, getting the most from each team member is critical. We call this being a multiplier leader. Multiplier leaders know the importance of bringing out the smarts and capabilities in everyone around them. Great leaders inspire motivation and learning. They create environments where learners feel empowered, impassioned, and engaged.
People often forget the things you tell them but they will always remember the way you made them feel. Do you know the 3 most powerful emotions to use with team interactions? I believe they are happiness, power, and aspiration. You can never go wrong when using these emotions when priming your team.
Act in face of change
Many people don’t do well with change. They do favorably respond to leaders who act when faced with the need for change and who explain the need for the change.
Foster collaboration and team self-esteem
We have written on employee attitude and engagement on several occasions. Employee attitude is so critical that it can’t be overemphasized. It trickles down from employers. Your business can never be what it can be if you don’t focus on employee happiness.
Leaders should make employees feel good about themselves. It is something all people crave. Constantly criticizing and pointing out the flaws in an employee is a sure fire way to decrease morale and performance.
Influencing skills … character
People take notice of those who do what is right over what is easy. Good character will always shine through, won’t it?
People need leaders who communicate a clear and compelling vision of the future.
Encourage work – learn balance
People always put more confidence in those who continually expand their skills and talents. Especially those who share their knowhow in these new talents. Always encourage your team to expand their learning and give them some time to do so.
Your capacity for leadership influence expands in direct proportion to your commitment to lifelong learning.
Influencing skills tips … guide talent and teamwork
Coach your teams and develop their future paths. People respond favorably to leaders offering help. People love working as part of great teams. They appreciate leaders who coach teamwork and develop their future paths.
Influencing skills exercises … demonstrate compassion
People put faith in those who care the most beyond themselves.
Does your job just happen to you?
If you’re a willing cog in the vast machinery of the work environment, it’s entirely possible that the things that occur all day feel like they’re being done to you.
The alternative is to take the initiative to create a job where you create forward motion, where you do things to the job, not the other way around.
Take a look at the language you use to describe what happened at work yesterday, that’s your first clue. If you’re not the one leading the change, perhaps it’s time to start.
Always remember that true leadership is the ability to lead while being led.
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Mike Schoultz is the founder of Digital Spark Marketing, a digital marketing and customer service agency. With 40 years of business experience, he blogs on topics that relate to improving the performance of your business. Find them on G+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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