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Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seeds of either success or failure in the mind of another. – Napoleon Hill

Chantal Bechervaise of Take It Personel-ly shares that one way for leaders to make a positive change and influence is to put their people first–to move from a mindset of ‘me’ to a mindset of ‘you’ or ‘we’ and focus on what their teams and employees need to be successful instead of their own needs and wants. Follow Chantal.

We sometimes underestimate the influence we have via our social media channels. In this post, Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited takes an inward look at the kind of social media manager she would hire–to run her personal pages for good. Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership calls influence a boss’s super power. Use it wisely and for good. Follow Wally.

Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks reminds that until you are trusted, your influence will be significantly limited. Learn how to build trust at work over time by using direct communication and consistently delivering results. Follow Bruce.

The people you surround yourself with influence your behaviors, so choose friends who have healthy habits. – Dan Buettner

Liza Heidelberger of MyLeaderSphere asks “How do you build influence in a high stakes meeting when you’ve never had the chance to first develop a relationship?” She provides a formula to “microwave relationships” when the pressure is on. Follow Liza.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement has an intriguing take. He shares, that to improve the management of our organizations does not require discovering new ideas never thought of before. What we need to do is use our influence to systemically adopt good practices that have been known for decades (but are rarely seen in most organizations today). Follow John.

Kirsten Jepson of Sykes Enterprises shares that Leading by influence is both the same and different than leading direct reports. Here are the 5 Keys to success. Follow Kirsten.

In the post, Why your way of leading isn’t working, Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog shares that the higher up the food chain you go in an organization, the more your job is not about doing specific tasks. It’s about influencing. Influence is the key to getting things done, getting your ideas across, and honestly, getting ahead, and Lisa shares specific tips on influencing effectively. Follow Lisa.

Dan McCarthy of About.com Management and Leadership notes that the ability to influence and work collaboratively becomes even more important as a leader takes on more and more responsibility and the organization grows. Collaboration is no longer a “nice to do,” it’s a leadership requirement needed to get results and advance in any organization. Follow Dan.

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. – George Eliot

If you want to have more influence at home, at work, or anywhere, there is one key…love. Across time, research has proven that this single thing is the secret to great influence. Thanks, Matt McWilliams of Matt McWilliams Consulting. Follow Matt.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference relays that leading across generations requires setting an example. The 2015 Millennial Impact Report suggests Millennials have a giving mindset and are converting their influence to action. Follow Jon.

According to Jeff Miller of The Faithful Pacesetters, when a leader is fulfilling their call, they find gratification. This fulfillment is not a result based on power, but by the positive influence they can be to others. Follow Jeff.

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership provides an examination of the motivating factors of obligation and commitment and how one of them can help leaders to promote the best in those they lead. Follow Tanveer.

Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com reminds us that we influence others by our actions. If they see us come to the table without excuses; they will too! Leaders go first! Follow Michelle.

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about influence, impact, and inspiration. – Robin S. Sharma

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights asks, “Do you know the 5 principles of influence? Whether persuading a child to eat broccoli or negotiating a multi-million dollar deal, it’s important to know how to influence. Bestselling author Bob Burg of the Go-Giver shows how to influence others with power. Follow Skip.

FBI agents are rarely described as warm and fluffy, but neither are they the snarly, snarky shoot-from-the-hip of investigators often depicted on TV and in the movies. The reason is simple: there is a technique to winning an argument or calming down an individual to the point where they not only see reason, but agree to cooperate with an FBI investigation. Thanks LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center! Follow LaRae.

Each of these “8 Portals of Influence” are doorways to non-authority based leadership. Developing each of these portals increases your ability to lead across reporting line. But as Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership says, “When we shift from authority-based to influence-based leadership, we have to accept that we are not always in control. However, the reality is that we actually never were.” Follow Jesse Lyn.

Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context says that without tools for handling complex challenges, people may make more mistakes than they need to. Some of those mistakes can be costly to the leader’s future and the organization’s reputation. Follow Linda.

Call for Submissions. The August Frontline Festival is about Effective Communications. Please send your submissions no later than August 14.  New participants welcome. Click here to join in!

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Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt helps leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results, without losing their soul. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR. She was recently named on Inc's list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers, AMA's 50 Leaders to Watch in 2015, & Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America. She’s the author of 2 books: Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss.
 

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