Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; master yourself is true power.
Lao Tzu

No man is an island. We all need the cooperation of others to achieve our dreams and visions. The successful cooperation of others does rest on the influencing traits we posses and not on our authority.
We all are leaders in one way or the other. A mother influences her children. Friends, family, partners influence each other.

Know thee self:

However before we can start in honest successful leadership of others  we need to be aware which influences run our life. Then we need to develop the ability to influence our self so we can redirect and align our thoughts, feelings, emotions, behaviors and paradigms towards our purpose and vision. We call this process to become an “Authentic” or “Whole” human being. Basically, what we say and do matches with our behaviors, and is aligned with our purpose and  vision.

The 7 Influence Traits:

Reviewing and studying the great influential leaders in the world; Gandhi, Christ, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Margaret Thatcher, and many others –  shows it wasn’t just what these people did that made them influential. It wasn’t because they had money, position or authority. They were influential because of who they were or are (purpose), and the traits they possess.

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Successful influencers know that action is an important aspect of success. In addition to what they do, they also possess a combination of traits that compel others to listen, believe and follow them. This combination of traits did more than just create short term changes – it shifted lives!

Everyone possesses these Seven Influence Traits™ to varying degrees; it’s the strength and mix of these traits that affect your influence potential.

Confidence is having the ‘whatever-it-takes’ attitude. This is your mental attitude of believing in, trusting in, and relying on yourself and your abilities.

Commitment is the underlying force behind achievement. The more determined you are to reach a specific goal, especially in the face of adversity, the more likely you will succeed.

Courage is your strength to face difficult circumstances (or even difficult people) head on.

Passion is the fire in your spirit for what you do. It is the expression of your enthusiasm and your eagerness, and starts the engine for your success.

Empowering is your ability to support peers and share knowledge with them. It also includes how you reward people who make a contribution.

Trustworthiness is a high virtue, and is fairly self-explanatory. It is worth noting though that of all the influence traits, this is usually the most crucial. Lose trust, and you instantly lose influence.

Likability is more than being friendly. It’s your capacity to create positive attitudes in the people around you, and focus those attitudes towards a common goal.

If you want to know how your influencing traits are developed we have an assessment ready for you to provide you with a deep insight into your current ability to influence others. Just fill in the form and one of our consultants will contact you shortly.