Leaders Learn: 30 Methods of Influence

It is easier to browse tweets and skim blog posts for personal growth, but returning to the classics such as Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen Covey is a next level infusion of wisdom for any leader.

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Exercising influence on individuals, groups, and the processes of the organization is an essential function of leadership. Leaders have a wide variety of things they can influence including strategy, motivation, coordination, cooperation and design (Yukl, p.8). The power to influence requires an effective methodology. In chapter 11 of  Principle-Centered Leadership, Stephen Covey shares thirty methods of influence for leaders.  Here are a few excerpts from that list:

  1. Refrain from saying the unkind or negative thing
  2. Exercise patience with others
  3. Distinguish between the person and the behavior or performance
  4. Seek first to understand
  5. Renew your commitment to things you have in common
  6. Be influenced by them first
  7. Accept the person and the situation
  8. Prepare your mind and heart before you prepare your speech

Get the rest of the list of 30 here

Covey, S. (1990). Principle-Centered Leadership. New York, NY:Simon and Schuster

Yukl, G. (2013). Leadership in Organizations, 8th ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall