For about two decades I have listened to speaker after speaker say, “Leadership is influence.” Last week while attending the Global Leadership Summit I heard Joseph Grenny, bestselling author of Crucial Conversations, put a new spin on this idea. Grenny said, “Leadership is intentional influence.”
The word intentional takes it to another level. Many leaders achieve accidental influence. But the best ones are intentional.
Would the people you are influencing describe your leadership as intentional or accidental? Charisma, skill, and personality all live in the accidental camp …while humility, collaboration, and careful consideration reside in the intentional world.
If you want to maximize your influence today, I suggest you start with being more intentional.
Is there an area where you need to be more intentional?