Your ability to influence others contributes to how successfully you can convince them of your position and obtain their support for your decisions and actions. Here are some tips I use and teach to influence others:
- Listen. Effective listening is one of the most powerful forms of communication. When you listen to another person, you place your attention wholly on what that person is saying. Effective listening helps influence others because they are more inclined to listen to you, in turn, and to credit what you have to say.
- Show genuine respect for others. Respect for others means that you honor confidences, make reasonable allowances for others' faults, behave nonjudgmentally, expect others to act ethically and responsibly, and show consideration for another's feelings. When you demonstrate respect, you are respected in response.
- Act confidently. People tend to follow those who seem confident and assured. If you trust yourself and believe in the rightness of your decisions and actions, you can more effectively influence others. Exuding confidence when you believe your decisions are sound, even if you feel anxious, will create a positive model for others to follow.
Share some of your tips for cultivating influence.