“Leadership is influence. However, not every leader influences the same way as their counterpart leaders.”- Francis Abbah
Leadership is influence. However, not every leader influences the same way as their counterpart leaders. And in actuality, we all have influence. And we all influence other people differently. However, we express that influence in different ways.
Since leadership is influence, we will need to understand the kinds of influence that we have.
There are different kinds of influence in leadership. However, in totality, the foundation of influence in leadership can be categorized in two forms. First, we have the direct influence and secondly, we have the indirect influence.
Direct influence occurs when the individual or leader influencing others has a position. Hence, they use their position as the starting point to influence others. They first have a position, and then they grow their influence starting from the position that they obtained. The position becomes the starting point for individuals and leaders who are able to influence others positively using the direct form of leadership. Examples of such leaders are Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and John F Kennedy.
On the other hand, indirect influence occurs when the person or individual influencing others does so without a title or position. This is what most leadership experts refer to as “Leadership without a title”. Examples of individuals who influenced others positively using the indirect influence approach are Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi.
Both sources of influence are important. And a leader can use any at his or her disposal to influence others positively.
Not everyone will get the opportunity to have a great position. But an understanding that leadership is influence and that we all have influence will give us the courage to positively impact the lives of others.
So my question for you today is “what kind of influence do you have?”.
When we understand ourselves and the situation we find ourselves, we will be able to apply the right influence that best suits us so we can positively impact the lives of others.
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