The time has long passed when
the power of influence was exclusive only to those who held
higher positions over you. Influence without authority
is now possible. Yes, I am not pulling your leg and taking advantage
of whatever state you're in. This is the truth. Of course, it
is understandable why you seem to have such a difficult time
believing or even imagining yourself influencing others and
your superiors. You're probably thinking that the words "influence
without authority" will turn you into the laughing
stock of the company or worse-get you booted out for good.
But these words are precisely
what you must exercise to evoke positive change. And that change
starts right now. According to the book "Influence
without Authority" by Allan R. Cohen and David
L. Bradford, we are living in a new world. This world is fast-paced
and entirely different from the world of the make-yourself-seen-and-not-heard
plane. Therefore, the first thing you must do is acknowledge
this fact. See yourself in this new world.
Do not look at your bosses or
colleagues as if they are gods. Instead, see them as allies.
All of you work in this company together for one ultimate goal.
Remember that there are no small parts. You are just as essential
as the bigwig vice-president on the 23rd floor. Even you can
influence without authority.
Once you have gotten over your
fear, move forward and begin interacting with them more often.
This is where the Law of Reciprocity comes in. This law is no
longer new. Acclaimed authors like Stephen Covey of "The
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" and Paulo
Coelho of "The Alchemist" have described
this concept in terms of an emotional bank account and a favor
bank, respectively. The idea is simple. When you offer others
your help, you are making a deposit in the bank. The time will
come when you will and can make a withdrawal from said bank.
Asserting yourself in these ways
will enable others to see you in a different light. Instead
of just another employee, you are now someone who is capable
of helping others and thinking for yourself. They will now begin
respecting and trusting you on a higher level. In fact, one
way you can start influencing others without authority
is by sharing this article with them! As you exercise these
changes regularly, you will soon realize that you are already
in the process of influencing others without authority.
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