Levels of Influence

What is Leadership?
Step 1 of 6 - Next Step: Approach


Leadership is Your Capacity to Influence Others.

A leader isn't a position on an organizational chart, a salary range, job title or the loudest voice in the room. Leaders are individuals who can productively influence other people — regardless of formal titles or tenure.

That type of influence is built by consistently demonstrating certain actions and behaviors. When you master the ability to influence others, you can create real and comprehensive change across all levels of your organization.


  •  Innovative thinking
  •  Accountability among teams
  •  Constructive conflict
  •  Strategic decision-making
  •  A culture of curiosity
  •  Consistent outcomes

Become a Leader.

Leadership starts with honest self-awareness. Think about these questions – what are your values, and, more important, why are they significant to you?

Lead Your Team.

Once you've analyzed and built your own personal values, you’re ready to effectively lead others. But to inspire your peers, you need to build relationships — to understand the environment in which they operate and the things that are most important to them.

Lead Your Department.

When you effectively connect with those around you, you can begin to shape the culture, values, and direction of an organization. By relying on the experience and acumen you’ve gained from others, you lead them to a new identity and way of thinking.

Lead Your Organization.

Once your organization and those within it are aligned, they start to generate new ideas and interesting lines of thought. You can leverage these insights and develop strategies that can change the industry and influence the world.

Take the next step and improve your leadership capabilities.


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