The Subtle Power of Leadership: How to Use Influence to be a Successful Leader!

Subtle Power | Leadership | Influence | Leader | 19th September 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

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Leadership is one of the most demanding and rewarding positions in any company, and being able to influence others to do your bidding can help you reach your goals.

The subtle power of leadership can be difficult to master, because it requires a strong understanding of human psychology and how to best interact with the people you lead. In this guide, we’ll help you learn how to use influence to be a successful leader that gets things done without needing constant micromanagement. We all know the phrase, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but what about the person who leads without ever having to squeak? Influence can make all the difference in your business and personal relationships, but it’s not always clear how to harness this power effectively. When you’re leading a team, influence is your most important tool in getting things done and keeping your team productive. Influencing others to act by your wishes can be tricky if you don’t know how to leverage it properly, but the results are often worth the effort. This guide on the subtle power of leadership will help you navigate through this tricky terrain to become an influential leader who gets results.


Nonverbal Cues

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Many nonverbal cues can be used by leaders to communicate with those that they are leading. I have provided the following examples of these cues below. - Eye contact is essential when talking to others. Failing to look them in the eye may cause people to feel like you don't respect them, or don't trust them. - Leadership presence can also be communicated through your body language. Be sure not to cross your arms or legs as this may discourage dialogue and interaction with those around you. Standing up straight, maintaining an open stance, and maintaining eye contact will show confidence and strength on behalf of the leader while they are interacting with their team members or other individuals in their environment.


Learn the Proper Body Language for Your Audience

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If you are trying to lead a team, then it is important to be mindful of your body language. Your nonverbal cues can send messages that either align with your words or work against them. Showing confidence in your voice and actions will set an example for the rest of the team. Keep in mind that this doesn't mean coming off as intimidating-- being confident and decisive is crucial for motivating others. Don't worry about being perfect at first! With practice, you'll get the hang of what works best for you, but these tips should give you some ideas on where to start.


Master Your Self-Talk

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You can't always control your circumstances, but you can control the way you react. So the first step in being a great leader is mastering your self-talk. Research from Stanford professor Carol Dweck shows that people who have a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset are better at mastering their self-talk. They're more willing to push themselves and see setbacks as opportunities for growth instead of viewing them as insurmountable obstacles. Growth mindset individuals also take advantage of positive feedback because they don't dwell on mistakes and tend to enjoy challenges more than those with fixed mindsets.


Conclusion

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Building great relationships and being dependable are two aspects of personal character that will make you an attractive candidate for positions in senior management. Even if you don't have what it takes to lead people, you can still build those qualities that will make you a favourite among your coworkers and superiors. How do I establish myself as an effective worker without a management title? As with many things in life, one should look at the end goal to get there. Establishing yourself as an employee who is admired and trusted will open up doors for opportunities for promotion or stepping into another position as needed.



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