The hardest part of having influence is being judicious in how it is used. The most influential people are best at knowing when to hold back and not use it.
I have been entrusted with a huge amount of influence in my organization, and in the lives of the people around me. That influence represents a high degree of trust and I treasure it greatly. I believe the reason that I have garnished so much influence is because I’m very careful about how I use it.
When I speak up to the leaders in my organization I only share information that I am most knowledgeable about…and in topics they have asked me for my opinion. I do not use my influence (access) to give my opinions about the all the things that matter to me.
- I don’t give my opinion about the colors of the new remodeling project
- I don’t give my opinion about things I think my leaders are doing wrong
- I don’t give my opinion about decisions which I disagree
- I don’t participate in discussions when I know that others have greater subject knowledge than I have
And, when I share my opinions on matters I am not responsible for…I leave it in the hands of those who are responsible. I release all expectations that anyone should implement my ideas. I let it go.
If you want to increase your influence…learn how to wisely use the influence you currently have. If you do, you will be given more.
Thanks for listening.