Thoughts, Feelings

10 Ways to be a Positive Influencer at Work

All too often the terms “leadership” and “management” are interchanged, with a top-down approach viewed as the greatest influencers within a department or organization. The truth is anyone can be an influencer. The approach you take to work each morning inevitability impacts the people you come into contact with throughout the day. The decision of whether you influence your surroundings positively (or negatively) is up to you.

Here are 10 ways you can be a positive influencer at work:

1) Be Caring

Care about the people around you. Ask about their day and mean it. Remember the little details and be sure to follow up.

2) Be Kind

Be a nice person and a positive piece of someone’s day. The way we treat one another matters. Make time in your day to be kind, or at the very least, be respectful of your colleagues and workplace.

3) Be Empathetic

Shared experiences bring people together. Sharing similar experiences, emotions, and feelings with others will foster an understanding and respectful environment primed for collaboration.

4) Be Honest

Not just with your colleagues, but with yourself. Honesty brings people together, promotes authenticity, and gives us what we need to build genuine connections.

5) Be Inquisitive

Ask questions to understand. If you don’t have details, you can’t make an informed decision. Understanding the perspective of your colleagues will give you all of the tools you need to make the best choices.

6) Be a Self-Starter

Have an idea? Take the initiative to get things started. Some of the best opportunities and chances for development come from projects or ideas that you take on in addition to your day to day tasks.

7) Be Genuine

When you walk the talk and bring your vulnerable, transparent, and genuine self to work, others will too. Vulnerability is a foundation of trust building. Trust is the foundation of a strong team. A strong team yields a healthy and productive workplace.

8) Be Supportive

Appreciate and embrace the differences across your team. Listen when someone needs an ear and offer advice and help when asked. Support your colleagues without judgement—there may be more to the story than you know. If you do, you’ll find that the people around you are more willing to listen and support when you need it.

9) Be Responsible

Understanding your role and the role of those around you will increase collaboration and reduce confusion and resentment. Be responsible for the roles you play and the work you do. Control the factors you can control.

10) Be Resilient

There will bumps along the way. It’s inevitable. What will set you apart is your ability to recover from them. Use every experience (good or bad) as an opportunity to learn something new.

Not all managers are leaders and not all leaders are managers. While you may not have the title, there’s nothing stopping you from having a positive effect on your team and the work you do. Be an influencer.