Influence is an incredibly powerful tool that can help you accomplish many things at work. Influence can mean more people will listen to your ideas and support them. It can also help encourage people around you to follow your lead and exert their best effort with
Beyond that, influence also increases your reputation and your name is more likely to come up and be considered when deciding project leaders, promotions or who to send for new
Share Your Expertise
You increase your influence by being seen as an expert in your line of work, or even just a specific aspect of your industry. To be seen as an expert, you need to be able to increase your knowledge through formal education, conferences or even mentorship. And you have to be generous with your knowledge. Don’t keep it to yourself. You can offer genuine help to your colleagues if they’re looking for opinions on their work or even write blog posts on your LinkedIn to share with your colleagues.
This won’t take overnight, and you need to invest your time and effort to establish yourself as an expert at work but it will increase your profile at work, and even help you accomplish your own tasks better.
Connect With Your Colleagues
Networking shouldn’t be reserved for conventions or conferences. You also need to network with the people you work with as their input, support
Be Mindful of How Others Perceive You
Unfortunate as it is, for many, perception is
Use Your Influence Wisely
You may have already gained some level of influence to a couple of your colleagues, but make sure you use it for the betterment of the organization and the people around you. Don’t use it just so you can duck out on tasks, or unfairly get ahead. Eventually, people will catch on and a negative reputation can only hurt your chances of advancing your career.
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Ebere Akadiri is A Nigerian Food Entrepreneur who lives in The Hague. Her passion to inspire others to achieve their goals drove her to found Rise and Lead Women along with her co-founder, Poonam Barua. Their mission is to inspire women to take the lead in closing the gender gap in workplaces and in business.