Home Concepts Concepts of Leadership Best Practice 3: INFLUENCER of INSPIRATION AND LEADERSHIP”™ (BEING: Influencer)


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Jeannine Sandstrom and Lee Smith

A Legacy Leader® understands that we cannot NOT influence, and therefore becomes an intentional influencer. It is about having a consciousness that all that we do influences, even when we aren’t aware of it. In all we do, we will either influence in a positive or negative way. The Legacy Leader® makes a choice to BE an influencer in a positive way, regardless of the situation or circumstances. This becomes a way of life, a way of being. This awareness tempers our behavior both personally and professionally.

Critical Success Skills: Core Competencies

Legacy Leaders are trail blazers, forging the path to great leadership with positive influence so that everyone is lifted up to be the best he or she can be. People are invited, not commanded, to contribute from their strengths and are filled with energy to deliver high quality outcomes. This leader is self-inspired and knows what inspires others. Influencing inspiration requires including the heart in all processes, connecting personally with others, and valuing them individually and corporately. To successfully influence leadership, the leader makes a conscious choice to be a positive presence that instills confidence rather than destroying it, and actively seeks ways to uplift and enhance the leadership growth of others. The ten critical success skills that compose this best practice include certain behaviors that take inspiration and leadership from mere words on a page to active influencers for shaping corporate success, and tomorrow’s leaders, and exchanges organizational command-and-control for a nurturing structure and environment.

  1. Be very adept at developing and maintaining relationships.
  2. Use emotional intelligence and positive energy to influence others.
  3. Choose to model the positive perspective in all situations.
  4. Bring out the best in people.
  5. Constantly acknowledge and recognize the attributes and contributions of others.
  6. Intentionally delegate for the development of others.
  7. Lead with a constant focus on showcasing others, not self.
  8. Have the ability and courage to take risks and inspire others to follow.
  9. Be able to make tough decisions with minimal negative impact.
  10. Lead with humility and unwavering resolve to accomplish the goals of the organization through others.
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