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Building influence in the workplace

Building influence in the workplace

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"Inside the workplace, there’s formal influence, which comes from your position—the responsibility and authority that you’ve been given. But there’s also informal influence, which comes from who you are and how you show up.”

Influence starts with the areas within your control. First off, focus simply on being good at your job.

Being good at your job is one of the basic elements of influence. It lets people know that you’re confident and capable. Failure to do so undermines infl...

Spend your "influence currency" wisely

Understanding the areas in which you may most likely be influential is important, too. If you have special expertise or act as a facilitator or gatekeeper, the way you share and distribute knowledge or resources can make you influential.

But there’s a fine line between bein...

The ability to collaborate with others also helps build your influence because it strengthens relationships. There’s the kind of influence that you build through collaboration, where you work with people.

Get to know people on a personal level. It’s easier to relate to ...

Find ways to give back to individuals and the organization before you try to use your influence for your own interests.

Who comes to you to get something that they need in order to do their daily work? The more that you respond to that in a timely way and give them what...

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