It’s amazing how many people believe that once they attain a certain title or level of leadership, that automatically people will respect and listen to them.
Leadership and influence aren’t necessarily a package deal. Someone could be a good influencer, but not a good leader.
The key to successful leadership today is influence not authority – Kenneth Hartley Blanchard
When used incorrectly, influence can appear as dictating, manipulative, or imposing when it should be about producing results and creating change – a distinct factor between a leader and a manager.
People follow those who they believe in, leaders who demonstrate values that they align with.
Therefore, an influential leader knows that they cannot change others, only themselves – to be someone people will want to follow. Great leaders influence for positive results on behalf of the whole, instead of just themselves.
An influencer leads ideas.
A leader leads people.
When influence comes from a place of authenticity, it has the potential to leave a lasting impact.