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Let Your Inner Leader Influence Others

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Do you consider yourself an influential leader? In today’s dynamic world, influence is a crucial skill for success. Leaders who can effectively influence others are able to build strong teams, achieve ambitious goals, and make a lasting impact.

Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors (GM), is a prime example of a female leader who has demonstrated exceptional influence. When she took over the helm of GM in 2014, the company was facing a multitude of challenges, including a government bailout, declining market share, and a tarnished reputation.

Barra recognized that GM needed a significant transformation to regain its footing in the competitive automotive industry. She implemented a bold vision for the company, emphasizing innovation, sustainability, and customer satisfaction.

One of Barra’s key strategies was to foster a culture of collaboration and empowerment within GM. She encouraged employees to share their ideas and take ownership of their work. She also created a more inclusive environment, recognizing the value of diversity in the workplace.

Barra’s leadership style also included challenging her team to reach their full potential. She set ambitious goals for the company and held her employees accountable for achieving them. She also provided the necessary support and resources to help them succeed.

Perhaps most importantly, Barra led by example. She demonstrates unwavering commitment to GM’s transformation, working with grit to achieve its goals, while still maintaining the relationships around her. She also embodies the company’s values, acting with integrity, respect, and a customer-centric focus.

Under Barra’s leadership, GM has undergone a remarkable turnaround. The company has regained its market share, launched innovative products, and improved its financial performance. Barra has also been recognized as one of the most influential business leaders in the world and this is why, her own brand of leadership and influence simply works.

Mary Barra is one of my favorite current leaders, demonstrating exceptional influence across the board. Throughout history, there have been so many women who have used their influence to make a positive impact on the world. Just like Mary, Oprah, Marie Curry, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, and countless others, they all share three key traits:

  1. They Teach Us How to Think.
    • Great leaders and influencers are very conscious of sharing with others how they might think about any given topic. They provide frameworks, models, and perspectives that help us navigate the complexities of life. Think of influential figures like Queen Elizabeth, Mother Theresa, or even your own parents. They shaped your thought process and influenced your worldview.
  2. They Challenge Us.
    • When someone challenges us, they influence us. We are drawn to those who push us to grow, learn, and expand our horizons. Challenges awaken our potential and inspire us to achieve more than we thought possible. Remember how groundbreaking Oprah’s show was compared to all the other talk shows on at the time? She was challenging us to think and ask questions for our own personal growth.
  3. They Role Model the Way.
    • Actions speak louder than words. Influential leaders not only articulate their ideas but also embody them in their actions. They walk the talk and set an example for others to follow. People are more likely to be influenced by someone they believe in and respect. Think of someone you look up to and admire as a role model.
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Your Influence Journey

Take some time to reflect on the following questions:

  • What does influence mean to you?
  • Where do you wish you had more influence in your life right now?
  • What do you think you could do to increase your influence in that area?
  • If you could be an even better role model for someone right now, who would that be and what would you do for them?

By reflecting on these questions, you can gain valuable insights into your own leadership potential and identify areas where you can strengthen your influence.

Embrace Your Influence

Remember, influence is not about manipulation or control. It’s about inspiring, motivating, and guiding others towards shared goals.

As women leaders, we have the power to make a positive impact on the world. By embracing our influence and using it wisely, we can create more fulfilling relationships, achieve greater success, and help other women grow as leaders.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to be a powerhouse influencer yourself, consider having a conversation with me on High-Performance Coaching and how it might help you. Leadership Influence is one of the 12 topics I cover in my 12-week coaching program. My program isn’t just coaching, we dive deep into the top 12 skills that build strong leaders, train, coach, and consult all along the way. This is a personalized experience for each of my clients. If influence is something you need more of in your leadership right now, please reach out and schedule a call with me today, we still have more than 50 days until the end of the year!

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