Who looks up to you? Who is following your lead?
You might be surprised at the list of people with whom you have influence, of varying degrees.
- Your spouse
- Your children
- Extended family members
- Friends and neighbors
- Co-workers and other employees
- Those with whom you attend church, and/or play sports
- Committee members of the non-profit you support
If you want to make a difference in your family, your business, your community, and even your country, it’s important not to minimize your ability to influence others.
But how do you assess your level of influence?
7 Factors of Influence
Leadership guru John Maxwell often states: “Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.”
In his book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Maxwell highlights Influence as the second law. Here, Maxwell provides 7 factors that determine your ability to influence others.
Using a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 is low and 10 is high) try scoring yourself on the following factors:
- Character – who you are. Leaders start with themselves.
- Relationships – who you know. Leaders have followers, and know them.
- Knowledge – what you know. Leaders know their facts.
- Intuition – what you feel. Leaders are in tune with the intangible things.
- Experience – where you’ve been. Leaders leverage their learning.
- Past success – what you’ve done. Leaders have a positive track record.
- Ability – what they can do. Leaders deliver results.
Your assessment provides clues about your strengths and weaknesses. This leads to two questions:
- In the factors you scored the highest, what can you do to foster these areas?
- In the factors you scored the lowest, what can you do to improve in these areas?
While this is a continual process, you have an advantage: your spouse.
Leadership Couples help maximize each other’s strengths and minimize each other’s weaknesses. Together, they can make a difference in the lives of others by being a team of influence.
How can you and your spouse work together to maximize your influence with others?