BECOMING INFLUENTIAL

There have been meetings of only a moment, which have left impressions for life, for eternity.
No one can understand that mysterious thing we call influence… yet… everyone of us
continually exerts influence, either to heal, to bless, to leave marks of beauty;
or to wound, to hurt, to poison, to stain other lives.
— J.R. MILLER, The Building of Character

With Influence, You Can Achieve Success at Home, Work and in Every Other Area of Life

Everyone influences others. You don’t have to be in a high-profile occupation to be an influencer; whenever your life connects with another person, you exert influence. Everything you do– at home, at work, or at play—has an impact on the lives around you. No matter what your goals are in life, you can achieve them faster, you can be more effective and the contribution you make can be longer lasting if you learn to develop your influence.

A Person of Influence Has Integrity with People.
Integrity allows others to trust you. When you earn trust, people respect your motives instead of suspecting them. Consequently, trust gives you the opportunity to influence and add value to their lives.

A Person of Influence
Nurtures Other People

If you look around, you will discover that the people in your life are hungry—for encouragement, recognition, security, and hope. The process of feeding these basic human needs is called nurturing. Influencers nurture others, not to make people dependent on their leadership, but to free people to reach their potential.

A Person of Influence
has Faith in People

Your goal as an influencer is not to get others to think more highly of you. Rather, your duty as a leader is to get people to think more highly of themselves. Rarely do external difficulties defeat people; usually a lack of self-esteem holds them back.

A Person of Influence
Listens to People

Be impressed and interested, not impressive and interesting. If you consistently listen to others, valuing them and what they have to offer, they are likely to develop a strong loyalty to you, even when your authority with them is unofficial or informal.

A Person of Influence
Empowers People

When you empower people, you share yourself—your influence, position, and wisdom—so that they can function at their best. Empowering means entrusting power to others. The act of empowering increases the stature of others without decreasing your own authority.

A Person of Influence
Understands People

Most people do not look beyond their own experience when dealing with others. They tend to see events through the grid of their position, background or circumstances. Their narrow vision of life alienates others and hinders relationships.

Whatever your vocation, you can increase your impact on others by learning the principles of influence. Creating positive influence will not only be a catalyst to your own success, it will become the legacy you will leave behind. In this course, Sage Leadership Academy will lead you through the principles of influence:

  • Integrity with people
  • Nurturing people
  • Faith in people
  • Listening to people
  • Understanding people
  • Enlarging people
  • Navigating for people
  • Connecting with people
  • Empowering people
  • Reproducing others

There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born.
That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission— a mission for which he is
uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.
— WINSTON CHURCHILL

A life isn’t significant except for its influence on our lives.
— JACKIE ROBINSON