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12 Jan 2016
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The first time I heard the phrase “Influence Leadership,” which describes the art of having influence without possessing a position of power, I struggled with the idea of really being able to move the needle without a position of authority. But reflection on my own career and the careers of my mentors has helped me realize that many times, without recognizing it, we had been “influencers” outside of positions of authority.
But how do you become an influencer on purpose? How do you craft a road map that allows you to consistently have influence over outcomes and events without power and authority? In my experience, I’ve found 4 key elements that have given me an edge and allowed me to influence decisions without necessarily having direct authority. Those elements are passion, focus, expertise, and social/political capital.
I would like to end by reiterating that it may take some time to find your passion, and you may encounter a few not-so-positive experiences before you find the right path. Most of all, give yourself permission to explore and try new things. Go outside of your comfort zone. Take charge of your career journey and build a life of passion.
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