In simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up, and goes.
~ John Erskine
What is one of the most important qualities of leadership? Most people agree that some key leadership qualities include being a team player, claiming responsibility for your actions and making critical decisions. However, there is one major quality that you need no matter where you stand in your organization—a quality that is NOT reserved for CEOs, managers, and others with a title. That quality is INFLUENCE.
If you’re trying to find your way up the corporate ladder but can’t get above a few rungs, influence is the quality you’re most likely missing.
Influence is what you need to build connections with people from different levels in your organization, including co-workers and upper management. Read this recent blog post that I wrote for leadership guru, Mark Sanborn, exploring the topic of influence in detail: http://www.marksanborn.com/blog/leadership-influence-guest-blog-by-joel-garfinkle/
By the time you’re done reading Mark’s blog post, you’ll know how important it is to develop influence to climb all the way to the top of the ladder.
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