12 Laws of Leadership

12 Laws of Leadership : Law of Influence

12 Laws of Leadership : Law of Influence

 

Let’s talk about the Law of Influence!

12 Laws of Leadership

Today, we are  talking about the  law of influence. John Maxwell has an amazing quote:

“Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” John Maxwell

 

I really love this  because your ability to expand your impact and influence depends on your ability to empower others.  You’ve got to empower others and help lift others up before you can experience that expansion.

Your ability to expand your impact and influence depends on your ability to empower others. Click To Tweet

Three Reasons the Law of Influence Is Critical

  1. The first reason is that everyone wants to feel heard, understood, and appreciated. 
  2. The second reason is people bring their whole hearts to work every day, and great leaders get things done through other people. Influence is built on trust. It’s creating that human connection that we all strive for.
  3. The third reason is that leadership influence is built upon making others successful. When you think about influence, ask yourself, ‘How can I make this person successful? How can I help them be successful?’  Take action towards these things.

Law of Influence

Personal Story

Here’s a personal experience. When people know you truly care, they will move mountains for you. We’re going to talk a little bit further about authority versus influence. I believe that if you have influence, authority is implied because people will want to do things to help you.  There’s five types of influence, which we’ll talk about  in another post.

 My point with this is when I meet somebody and before I even know if there’s anything that they can do for me, I’m focused on what I  can do for them.  How can I help them as a person… as a leader? Even when we’re not working projects together or anything like that, I would still go and connect with them and continue that connection. And do you know what would happen next time a project came across their desk with my name on it? They’d be like, “Oh my gosh, yes, we’ve got to get this done for Tandy.”

I had a lot of influence… effective influence, because regardless of my title, regardless of my job, regardless of my “authority”, influence for me was about expanding my influence beyond the people that I directly led and managed. The more that you can have that expanded circle, the larger your influence is. It’s all truly through caring about others.

People don't care what you know until they know you TRULY CARE about them as a person. Click To Tweet

 

Everyone flies together

              Remember that your legacy will be seen in those you have influenced throughout your life. I encourage you to take a look at that and see what one step you can take to demonstrate empowering others and lifting others up.  Here are some quick tips:

  1. Show others how much you care.
  2. Demonstrate active listening.
  3. Give kudos.
  4. Demonstrate appreciation.  

Where can you exercise greater influence? What step can you take  today to demonstrate greater impact?

Remember that your legacy will be seen in those you have influenced throughout your life. Click To Tweet

Law of Influence

If you are ready to bust through your limiting beliefs and blocks preventing you from being a legacy leader…

If you are bold and brilliant and know you need accountability to realize your dreams and grow your business…

If you are ready to expand your influence and impact and share your gifts with the world the way only you can…

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Tandy Elisala

Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness
Tandy is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs to lead their business like a rockstar CEO. Tandy has studied, taught, led, coached and spoken for over 30 years in the fields of leadership, human resources and life success. She helped the University of Phoenix grow and scale from 13k - 480k students while saving millions in costs and having one of the most highly engaged team across the organization. Tandy spent 25 years as a corporate executive, 10 years as a faculty member and successful entrepreneur and did all this while kicking cancer's butt 4 times. Tandy is spiritual woo-woo with a 5-point business plan wrapped into one. She is a 6-time bestselling author and a mom. She believes to expand your impact, legacy and influence, you must learn how to scale as you grow, lead high performing teams and lead yourself. This is key to making more money, saving precious time, having creative flexibility and serving the world the way only you can.

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22 replies
  1. Kristen Wilson
    Kristen Wilson says:

    I really liked how we need to consider our legacy… and what we are leaving behind… but also your 3 tips.. so critical to be sure others are heard… and it’s built on trust…. and helping to make OTHERS successful.. hello.. you mean it isn’t all about me me me? Duhhh, I wish more got this!

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  2. Lorii Abela
    Lorii Abela says:

    I think a good example over here are teachers. They are usually influencing people and they look forward to the success of their students. We can say they are the unsung heroes who most of the time do not expect much anyway. There are many professions but they have chosen to be educators.

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Yes, yes, yes! Absolutely, Lorii. I agree that teachers are the unsung heroes who are changing lives and raising future leaders.

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  3. Cathy Sykora
    Cathy Sykora says:

    Hi Tandy, I’m reading this as I take my granddaughter to leadership camp. It’s delightful to see signs of greatness in young people. My son and my granddaughter, 35 and 13 set examples for me daily Thanks!

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Wow, timing is everything, Cathy! I’m glad your granddaughter has the opportunity to attend leadership camp. It isn’t for Girls Rule by chance, is it? It warms my heart that your son and granddaughter set examples for you every day.

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  4. Joyce Hansen
    Joyce Hansen says:

    So, important that you shared this with us, Tandy. One of the things I learned about active listening is that you are hearing an internal thought process. Many times they don’t trust their own judgment when in fact they have the answer to their problem. They just need to hear it from an outside source to confirm what they’ve been thinking all along.
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  5. Lori English
    Lori English says:

    Tandy,
    Great post and I read that most people don’t care about what we say it’s what we are going to do for them and we have to serve them to buy by starting a relation and communication, it makes perfect sense when I talk to people i have one thing in mind to meet and talk nothing else.

    Thanks ,
    Great article Lori English

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Thanks, Lori. Thanks for your comments. I relate about being single minded when speaking to people. Sometimes, I’m like… okay, here’s what I need and I don’t have time to chit chat. It’s an art.

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  6. Beverley Golden
    Beverley Golden says:

    I am completely aligned with everything you share in this post, Tandy! I have long known that all people want is to be seen and to be heard, to know they matter. When you put others before yourself, when they feel your authenticity and your true concern, it goes so much farther in building a foundation for a long-term relationship with them. I love your four points… “Show others how much you care. Demonstrate active listening. Give kudos. Demonstrate appreciation.” as they are spot on. If you want to be known as an effective leader, those say it all and are a blueprint for how to do it!

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Right on, Beverley. People have a note in their forehead that says something like, ” see me”… Thanks for affirming the 4 points I talked about in this article are spot on!

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  7. Candess M Campbell
    Candess M Campbell says:

    Tandy I love this series of laws that you are sharing. Years ago when I was working in an agency as a counselor, I remember the executive director telling me “Be careful what you say Candess, because people listen to you.” That was such an influential time working closely with her. Her integrity was incredible and I was influenced by her and hopefully influence others in a positive way because of what I learned on-the-job.
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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      That is SO true, Candess. People ARE listening to you. People ARE watching you. We are far more powerful and influential than we give ourselves credit for. I’m glad you had a good experience and learned from your executive director back then. I’m sure that you influence others in a way that she influenced you.

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      I believe it has everything to do with it, Susan. It’s so important to empower others so we can continue growing to our full potential… and help others do the same.

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