Leadership and Influence
Severalcharacter traits determine whether an individual is a leader.A leader can be defined as person who believes in a particular goaland has a vision and a means of achieving it.Some of the necessary traits of a leader include time managementskills, ability to resolve conflicts, communicate effectively andmost notably their level of influence(Graves,2016).Influenceis observed in an individual who has capacity to skew anotherperson`s emotions, opinions, or behaviors. This paper is an analysisof the relationship between influence and leadership in anindividual.
Aperson with influence is said to have the ability to have an effecton the character development or behavior of others. Leadership is theability of a person or organization to guide other individuals,teams, or entire organizations in a predetermined direction.Managersuse influence to ensure the goals of the organization areaccomplished. A leader should have the ability to use power andinfluence to effect a desired change within their environment. Themost effective leader is one who influences others easilytofirmly believe in their vision. This means that unless the leaderstrongly believes in the vision or goal, they will not be able toinfluence others (Papp,2012, 25).However,having influence does not automatically make one a leader. A leadermust have a believable vision first before they discover theirability to influence others to work on it. This therefore means thatbeing influential does not make one a leader. This is becauseleadership is combination of various traits.
Inconclusion, leadership is an act of influencing outcomes. Influenceand leadership may mean different things literally but withoutinfluence one cannot become a leader. However, influence does notautomatically make one a leader.
Graves,S. (2016). TheDifference between Influence and Leadership. Retrievedon 6thof April 2017 from,http://www.stephenrgraves.com/articles/read/the-difference-between-influence-and-leadership/
Papp,E. (2012). Leadershipby choice: Increase productivity and effectiveness by understandingyour strengths.Hoboken, N.J: Wiley.
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