Influencing Others’ Perspectives
You may have heard that perception is reality. You must always present an
honest, caring, dedicated attitude to inspire others. To inspire loyalty, you
must have a track record of honesty and fairness.
If any of your followers feel they have been wronged, for whatever reason, you need to address the issue immediately. People talk, and a problem ignored is a problem that grows. Believe it or not, the most powerful influence you can have is often not trying to influence someone.
When people believe you are open to their suggestions and believe they have been heard, they will work harder even if they disagree with the methods; that is the power of listening. Simply listening to others makes them feel empowered, even if you don’t accept their suggestions. If a follower feels there’s no point talking to you, they won’t, and they will disengage themselves from your vision and will only follow your directions begrudgingly.
If you are seen as going the extra mile, your followers are more likely to go the extra mile. If you hide in your office and people never see you, you will be perceived as out of the loop, uninformed, uninterested, and therefore unworthy to lead.
Many a successful corporate executive makes it a point to be seen by their employees every day. If an employee is to be commended for something, it is done publicly, often right in the middle of their workplace while they are surrounded by their coworkers. That sends a powerful message to
everyone, and I have yet to see a complaint from a worker who was publically praised for his or her efforts by a leader