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Influencing Others

“Without action, you have no influence.” – Josh Steimle

Influence is about inspiration and empowerment. Your influence is meant to support the progress of others. When you actively seek to influence others in the workplace, you become a catalyst for growth, collaboration, and innovation.  

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

Integrity makes the shift from instruction into influence. This is not to diminish the power of clear instruction – it’s important for a leader to be able to delegate – but true influence happens when you lead by example.

Public servants are motivated by purpose – working to better our communities and support the well-being of our friends, families, and neighbors across Minnesota. Your genuine efforts will be recognized by your teams as you create the change you want to see.  

A Ripple Effect

Your influence creates a ripple effect that extends beyond your immediate circle. Your ideas, values, and work ethic influence others, which influences their teams, and those teams will influence other teams (and it goes on, and on, and on…) Someone you have never met may begin to adapt your habits as they strive for excellence at your organization!

Positive and negative influence ripples through teams at about the same pace. Eventually, your perspective and attitude will make its way back to you through those you have influenced. Be aware of your own actions, words, and attitude as you reflect on workplace culture. 

Recognizing Potential and Opportunities

Be intentional with your influence to uplift those around you – especially when influence comes with the job description. If you hold a leadership position, you have deeper insight into the vision of your organization. This insight can help you direct your influence effectively as you lead others to reach shared goals. 

You can be a mentor, recommend someone for an opportunity, and align work with your organization’s objectives for collective success. Recognizing potential and opportunities within your organization will help you better serve your teams. 

Resources from the Enterprise

From MMB’s Enterprise Talent Development

Leadership Development Program: Strategic Effectiveness for Aspiring Leaders (SEAL)

Recommended by Successful Teams

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