influence

Three Secrets to Being an Influential Leader

Influence: the ability to affect the behavior of others. Is influence one of your leadership skills? With the trend toward virtual teams and matrixed organizations, leaders often find themselves in a position where they don’t feel they have real authority. Years ago I was in a leadership position in which I was responsible for supporting many other organizations across the country. My team was also expected to enforce certain standards…

Leading High Performance Teams – How Can I Cut the Drama?

Why is there conflict within my team? Why does it seem like John and I can’t communicate? Why can’t this be one of those high performance teams I hear about? How do I cut the drama? Have you asked yourself questions like these? The best part of working with people is that everyone is different. The most difficult part of working with people is that everyone is different! Everyone is…

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Getting to Know Them – What’s Their Motivation?

The crowd waited in rapt anticipation. The famous motivational speaker was about to take the stage. He was going to motivate them to do more, be better, and whatever else they desired. I was in that audience and I too was anticipating the speaker’s words, although for a different reason. I’ve studied motivation for years and I firmly believe we cannot motivate other people. But I wondered a little. After…

The Leadership Forge: The Impact of Mentors & Relationships on Success

Take a moment and think about a teacher, coach, or mentor that had a major positive impact on you.  Often the best mentors are those that do it out of love, a sense of duty, or the desire to give back.  The impact that a person has had is sometimes not realized until later in life.  Fellow Academy Leadership affiliate Michael Paczan tells this story about “one of the greatest…

High Priority: The Leader Gets a Haircut

Note: This post comes from Ed Rugerro at Academy Leadership. Sicily, July 1943 Captain Ed Sayre peeked over the edge of the trench and down the hill, where the German infantry had disappeared into a grove of trees to prepare a counter-attack. Sayre’s eighty exhausted and foot-sore GIs had just pushed the enemy off one of the sun-blasted ridges that march across southern Sicily like inland waves, but the Germans…