Jan 22 '19

Tips on increasing influence at the workplace

In the blog this month, the idea of professional influence is discussed. Specifically, the post details how understanding one’s emotional tendencies and decision making can help when it comes to gaining professional influence. Here is a snippet:

“We have successfully helped people harness their understanding of their emotional influence model to develop stronger skills, enhancing their ability to see situations from a broader perspective, and helping them impact people and situations in a more effective way.”

(Learn more about this here.)

In a related article published on Harvard Business Review, it is stated that to be effective at work today, people must be able to influence people.

“Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position. So, what’s the best way to position yourself as an informal leader?” the article asks.

From here, it goes into various steps that can help inform readers on how to improve their influence at work, including things like building connections, listening before trying to persuade, and minding body language and tone. It also provides a checklist of principles to remember—both do’s and don’ts— while listing some case studies in which people describe real-life scenarios where influence was successfully used.

These, of course, do not represent the definitive list of things you must do or not to gain influence, but rather, offer a helpful collection of points to consider.

View the HBR article here.