Through technological advances, we have access to the world via a device that is held in our hand that allows us to record, broadcast, share, and connect with little effort. However, through my coaching practice, I have noticed that leaders are straining themselves to influence the teams they lead. This also forces them to constantly question themselves about whether they are succeeding.
What are the obstacles preventing leaders from being influential?
The constant change that is happening at the workplace and in organisations is increasing the stakes for leaders, together with the difficulties that hybrid and remote work create.
We also need to accept that the demographics of the workplace are changing. The majority of the current workforce are generation X & Y who value independence, work-life balance, and authenticity – and this requires a leadership style that can inspire rather than the traditional ‘command and control.’
The workforce is also struggling to focus, with the noise around them coming from so many distractions, including other possible job offers and the need to better cope with higher demands and stress.
With all this on the leaders’ plate, it adds more strain yet importance to being an influential leader with your teams.
Here are 3 steps to take toward being a more influential leader:
1. Simplify the message that needs to be communicated, and ensure it fits with the audience you are addressing. This may also require you to repeat the message (or goal) regularly or ask questions and get feedback to ensure it is understood.
2. Identify and focus on the value this adds to your audience. The listener will always be thinking ‘What’s in it for me?’
3. And most importantly, deliver the message with confidence and authenticity. No one likes to be around a fraud, we are all inspired by genuine people. This means that you need to be vulnerable and open to learning from those around you. You need to welcome feedback and be ready to change. ‘How you show up’ (emotional intelligence) has an impact on how other people feel and that will determine how they will react. Or how they are influenced…
If you’re looking to improve your, or your team’s performance, consider the influence you have on your team and what you are doing to leave an impact. As a CEO or leader, you have probably realised that your success depends on the success of your team members. In a previous contribution called ‘7 tips to become an empowering CEO that inspires performance’ I offer practical ways to empower team members, from guiding growth to creating sufficient time for setting and reviewing goals.
Karl Grech coaches leaders to inspire, motivate & engage their team. He supports people to gain confidence in their leadership roles and helps them overcome challenging situations. Karl is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.karlgrech.com to learn more.
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