How do leaders influence without authority in today’s work environments with limited in-person meetings or conversations?
It can be a challenge to get everyone onboard and aligned with your priorities, even in-person. The challenge of virtual workspaces makes it even harder.
Our work environments and mediums change, yet these 3 building blocks that support our ability to move others remain the same:
- Clarity about your goals and objectives
- Connection with those we need to meet the target goals
- Communication strategies that move your project forward
Influencing without authority is a skill that can be applied at all organizational levels. Nearly everyone has a stake in developing new initiatives, projects, and processes, as explained in this article from Harvard Business School. Using the right tools, you can effectively move your team forward.
A Tool to Build Strategy and Skill
Map out your plan to influence without authority using the tool below -- based on clarity, connection, and communication.
- Who needs to be influenced? Determine who must be on board to achieve your objectives.
- What’s happening in their world? Connect and gain insight into the lives of the people you want to influence.
- Who are your allies/resistors? Perspective taking is essential in understanding people's mindsets.
- What questions can you ask to move them? Ask questions that clarify their goals, challenges, and motivations.
- What key points need to be presented? Plot out your key points and organize your argument in a way that is logical to others.
- How will you tell your story well? Use relevant examples, stories, and anecdotes that appeal to both heart (emotions) and head (logic).
Influence Without Authority Virtually and In-Person
The three building blocks of influencing without authority and the strategic planning questions apply in any medium. As with all new skills, applying these strategies requires planning and practice.
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