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AIM to Be a Leader of Influence

By: Kirsty O'Callaghan, Owner, Unity Words | Friday 18 August, 2017

Whether you are a born leader, or you want to develop the skills and abilities to become one, KIRSTY O’CALLAGHAN shares a simple yet powerful method that will help you step up with confidence and passion.

Do you have what it takes to be a leader in your industry and workplace? Do you want to be a leader of influence? The first step is to have a clear understanding of what’s important, why it is important and what needs to happen to achieve the desired result.

All significant achievements throughout history are attributed to those with powerful dreams, as emotions and feelings are major motivators. Without a cause, purpose and direction there is no excitement or buy in from others, or the focus to hang in there with you. 

Once you have a firm vision and plan of action you can now AIM to be an excellent leader in your workplace, business or industry. 


A – Attitude and approach
Without the right attitude and approach you will be unsuccessful in leading others. People are drawn to those they feel good around and can trust. In our fast-paced world, those that are mostly positive and calm will find that others will want to spend more time with them and support their vision. Therefore, it is important, as a leader, to check your attitude and approach.

Are you projecting a positive outlook, being open and trustworthy, being respectful and walking your talk? People will notice if your integrity is off course and will have an uncomfortable feeling when in your company. Always ensure that your attitude and approach is aligned with what you want and believe, and then even if others don’t buy into your vision or direction they will still respect and remember you.

I – Inspire and influence
Great leaders inspire and influence. They inspire with their actions, energy and innovative thinking and they influence by supporting and guiding. People are drawn to and feel positive around inspirational people. Inspiring leaders are always moving towards a new goal, and manage to convince others, through their own passion and dedication.

They create an excitement that others want to be part of. Their conversations are positive, informative and empowering, and they are always promoting improvement in others and themselves. They believe that when inspired, the possibilities are endless. Nurture this in others and you will create a team that helps you to achieve the results you desire.

M – Meaningful connections
A supportive network of family, friends, colleagues and collaborators is the source of success for any leader. Creating enthusiastic teams of clients, work colleagues and partners is where your effective leadership will be measured. Set the example of showing up, listening openly and encouraging others and you will create a productive and proud team of players.

If you want to be recognised as a leader in your industry, or at work, or even as a leader of a sporting team, the key ingredients are trustworthiness, communication, confidence and when possible, selecting the right people to lead. Partners in success is what every great leader aims for. People instinctively react in a positive way to people that show them that they matter and that their role is important.

Remember, for leadership success it is important to always keep your approach consistent. It’s about learning and sharing what you know, being enthusiastic and passionate about your vision and continuously encouraging and supporting those you lead.


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