When change hits the workplace, true leaders must know how to establish influence that others can trust and follow right away.
As I tell my clients, there are three distinct ways you can master influence when this situation arises:
- Create Agreement
After change comes to your organization, you have a limited window of time to put yourself in the position of being the connector of the group. This is the person who may enlighten others about the changes being made, help everyone come into agreement about new ways of working together and commit to unity around the change being made. Even if you are not leading the group, you can still be the catalyst that gets the group to determine how they deal collectively and positively with change.
- Exhibit Leadership
You have the ability to bring others into a place of sharing, compromise and cohesive agreement. Leading within your team doesn’t mean you have to be the official leader of the group. The important part is that you step forward to become the central figure who helps the larger group succeed in the face of change. The goal here is to actively influence everyone on the team to bring their best, realizing that what’s important is that the organization run like a well-oiled machine. This may include helping team members get past who is right or wrong when conflict arises and instead focus on how to work productively, in harmony together.
- Be The Example
This response to change is often overlooked, but is very valuable within organizations today. One of the best ways to influence others is to demonstrate that you are a person of integrity and character, even in the face of unexpected change. Remember that one of the best compliments you can receive in the workplace is a coworker who wants to emulate your actions. People who influence by example refrain from drawing quick conclusions, giving the benefit of the doubt to everyone in all situations. If you can keep emotional reactions in check and demonstrate reasonable responses to change, you can become a powerful and dynamic employee who has a powerful influence on others.
True leaders know the importance of influence. Creating interactions with others based on integrity and without judgment can increase your influence, whether you lead by creating agreement, through active leadership or simply by example.
You can learn more about the topic of mastering change in my book, RINGMASTER.