The reality is that your formal title alone will not automatically take you far when seeking to build credibility and maintain strong relationships, both within and outside the organisation.
Maxim Sytch, a professor whose research focuses on the dynamics of networks and influence, provides these steps for carrying out a personal power audit.
Once you have completed these three steps, look for potential red flags which might indicate that you lack informal power.
Now that you have carried out your informal power audit, it is worthwhile knowing how you can improve your standing.
Building and cultivating personal connections within and outside your organisation is key towards being recognised as an influential person. Having influence has clear value as it enables you to get more done and advance the projects that you care about and are responsible for, which means you are more likely to get noticed and be recognised as an expert in your field. See you at the next networking event!
Stay tuned for my next article, where we will delve further into how to increase your influence at work.
Michelle Fenech Seguna is the Founder and Director of Speak to Move, offering professional training programmes which enable participants to communicate confidently and present powerfully in business and social situations. Michelle is based in Malta, where she offers executive coaching and corporate group training. To know more about Speak to Move services you can reach Michelle Fenech Seguna on firstname.lastname@example.org or access www.speaktomove.com.mt for more information.
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