Influence occurs when a person’s emotions, opinions, or behaviors are affected by others. It is an important component of a leader’s ability to use power and maintain respect in an organization. Influence is apparent in the form of peer pressure, socialization, conformity, obedience, and persuasion.
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” ~ George Patton, U.S.Army General
Gen. George S. Patton was a complicated military figure, but there can be little debate over his leadership abilities. Perhaps most famous for his commanding of the 7th Army during World War II, Old “Blood and Guts” often gave rousing speeches to motivate, inspire, and educate his soldiers. Without a doubt, Patton was one of the greatest leaders of all time. But, in today’s environment, his delivery and style would be disruptive.
How Does Great Leadership Make Us Feel?
As with most popular sayings, there is some truth in the adage, “Great leaders are born, not made.” To some extent, the capacity for great leadership is innate. However, learning how to be a more effective leader is within everyone’s grasp – whether you lead multiple teams, an entire company or just one staff member.