One of the marks of a leader is they have influence. Influence is the ability to draw someone to follow you. I believe character is enough for people to be drawn to a leader but charisma also plays a big part to make an impact to more people. There are a lot of resources about increasing your influence but here are some new learnings that I have about this topic.
1. Cultivate your Mind.
People appreciates a leader who has depth in some aspects of knowledge. Leaders who people like to follow have proficiency in a particular knowledge.
2. Improve your Attitude.
People appreciates positive outlook in life, a smile or an appreciation. Leaders no matter how skilled they are find themselves at odds with people because of “faulty” attitudes. As a result, sometimes they lose the affection of their followers.
3. Live with Purpose
A clear goal or purpose is an attractive element for a leader. Everyone wants to see a clear direction and if they can be brought there. A purposeful life communicates security that followers would want for a leader.
4. Develop your Presentation
Image speaks a lot when it comes to leadership. This is not to negate the importance of character but image affects the response of people as they follow a leader. How you dress and how you carry yourself communicates a lot to your followers.
5. Strengthen your Communication
Of course, what is leadership without communication. Although not all great speakers are leaders, leaders should at least have a clear way of communicating his directives. Strengthening your communication might mean improving on the way you use the English language or actively listening to people and giving them remarkable feedbacks.
These are practical ways how to increase the number of people you want to influence in your life. As a leader for Jesus, you want people to have a clear direction of how they will take this journey of faith with Christ.
What are your ways of increasing influence in your life as a leader?