Be Your Best Influential Self

Be Your Best Influential Self

You don’t have to be in a leadership position to influence others. In fact the ability to influence is learned from experience, and, in fact, to make it to the top you’ll probably need to cultivate such ability – you might even be learning subconsciously as you read this. Seduction isn’t used only in the pursuit of a love interest. Persuading others is how we get jobs, win promotions, succeed at negotiations, sell products, and gain a powerful reputation. Effective leadership today relies more than ever on the ability to influence others, whether it’s impacting their ideas, opinions, or actions. Even as a junior executive, consider how often you have […]

The New and the Old: Leadership Begins with Trust

The New and the Old: Leadership Begins with Trust

When we talk about leadership it can feel like quite a mouthful. We tend to stress the culture of personality surrounding leaders as individuals and their personality traits. We focus on how to identify and groom those with ‘leadership potential,’ and we like to know what skills leaders employ most frequently. As well as that well-worn path, what we also discuss when it comes to leadership is the importance of authenticity, emotional intelligence, and the ability to cultivate relationships. In fact there has been a shift in the last few years by leadership theorists in favor of these latter three traits. It would be hard to say that this shift […]

The Importance of Protégés to Leaders and a Mutually Great Mentoring Relationship

The Importance of Protégés to Leaders and a Mutually Great Mentoring Relationship

While the benefits of the mentor-protégé relationship to a protégé may seem obvious—known as the “Sponsor effect”: a quantifiable boost in pay, job satisfaction and greater numbers of retention of personnel who have been on the receiving end of a mentor-protégé relationship—there is also a reciprocal effect on the mentor; the corresponding gain is actually more important than one might originally realize. According to research, white male leaders with protégés are 11% more satisfied with their own rate of advancement than leaders who haven’t invested in young talent. Leaders of color who have helped develop protégés are 24% more satisfied with their career progress than those who haven’t done the […]