4 PRACTICAL WAYS LEADERS CAN INCREASE INFLUENCE
Many of us desire to become better leaders. Leadership is always best defined as influence. Every good leader desires to increase their effectiveness and develop into a better leader. The leadership craze has pathed the way to great resources and an unlimited supply of on-demand teachings. Let’s dive into a few rules that will assist us in leadership training and personal development.
It has been said that the most profound things in life are often the most simple. That resonates across the board with many leaders. And this post will be no exception to that thought. Leaders often lose sight of the simple and search for the profound.
We often overlook the power of listening and the power of speaking the right words. Would it be fair to say both of these carry the most effective way to influence others?
Author Mike Myatt says; Stop talking and start listening. Being a leader should not be viewed as a license to increase the volume of rhetoric. Rather astute leaders know there is far more to be gained by surrendering the floor than by dominating it.”
USE THE FIRST LISTEN RULE
Most leaders have developed a habit of talking first. Most leaders are of the mindset that people expect us to solve their problems. This could be true and maybe we can, but our most effective tool in solving problems is to first listen well.
USE THE RESIST INTERRUPTING RULE
Many leaders interrupt the moment they perceive they have the solution to the problem. Leaders often speak too soon only to find out their input was off target and off point. Not only does this create embarrassment, but also displays an apparent weakness as a good listener.
USE THE SEEK FIRST TO BE UNDERSTOOD RULE
Listening is definitely the most significant way to show others that we legitimately care. People feel loved and appreciated when leaders discipline themselves to listen intently and by leaning into the conversation.
Once again, I will quote Mike Myatt; “Don’t be fooled into thinking being heard is more important than hearing. The first rule in communication is to seek understanding before seeking to be understood.”
USE THE DON’T BE A FOOL RULE
Proverbs 18:13 … He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
The Holy Scriptures are far more relevant than we realize.
This rule was written over 5,000 years ago and is very relevant to today.
These simple steps will make you a better leader and increase your influence.
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