Aug 14, 2010
Using Influence to Motivate Others
The initial step in acquiring influence and power over others, especially in a working environment is to make sure that you make yourself valuable to the organization, not just for being a leader or manager, but to make yourself indispensable by focusing on some tasks that only you can master and one that will be valuable to the organization.
This step basically begins with you focusing on your job and doing it exceptionally and as you continue on, you develop your reputation of being a model employee, resulting to job promotions and better career opportunities offered by the company.
Next make yourself more helpful and valuable to more people in the organization, you can do this by going the extra mile when providing service or working on a project.
As this continues, not only do you expand your influence over others, you also expand your network of people, who consider you a valuable part of their work as well. The next step is for you to seek more opportunities in terms of career advancement and growth by seeking for a higher level of learning and acquiring a higher degree.
This can also be done by innovating more processes, like for a sales environment, think up of unique concepts and ideas to increase sales and productivity.
As you continue on with your career growth and climbing up the corporate ladder, you also allow yourself to expand your influence over a greater number of people in the organization. First thing that happens when you want to use your influence to motivate others is to first win them over.
Here are some common steps and actions to take to ensure having your edge of influence in an organization.
First, set the example. If you set the example of doing a good job or performing above expectations, people will look up to you and follow your example. You establish your reputation and credibility by being the person they expect you to be, better yet, exceed their expectations.
Second, be able to follow instructions with little or no supervision at all. This is one sure way that you help create an impression of reliability not only with your peers and your managers, but also with your subordinates as well.
Third, whenever you are working on something, make sure that you exceed expectations by trying your hardest and ensuring that you focus to make it work effectively and efficiently. This is one way that you motivate others to also try their hardest.
Forth, always behave maturely in front of everybody.
As a professional, you are expected to always display a professional demeanor. Not only are you setting the example of level-headedness, but you are also setting the environment for others to follow suit as well.
Lastly, always display a positive mental attitude, especially in the workplace. There will always be occasions where other people exhibit a sense of negative vibes or a depressing mood, but you can break the ice by showing a positive attitude.
In a nutshell, these five steps of setting the right example will pave the way for you to motivate others not only by what you do, but also using that influence to motivate others.