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Leadership is Influence

in·flu·ence (inflo oəәns)

N: The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

“The true measure of leadership is influence…nothing more, nothing less.”

– John Maxwell

Imagine a leader giving a great speech that earned a standing ovation or a leader running an amazing meeting with rave reviews. Now imagine that after the speech and meeting no one changed their behavior, no one did anything different and everything went back to exactly how it was before. Would you say that the speech or meeting resulted in success? The bottom line is that leadership is about influencing behavior change therefore; there can be no leadership without influence. Influence is the how of leadership, which requires leaders to have high-level skills in the art and science of influence.

Managers also use influence, of course, because only a fraction of managerial work can actually be...

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