Forbes: 12 Experts Discuss The Difference Between Leadership And Influence

Forbes: 12 Experts Discuss The Difference Between Leadership And Influence

12 Experts Discuss The Difference Between Leadership And Influence

Leadership and influence are related (and even sometimes used interchangeably), but they’re not one and the same. If your goal is to become a leader and an influencer, understanding the difference is crucial.

For coaches whose job it is to help managers, executives and entrepreneurs master the skills they need to lead effectively, subtleties like these matter a great deal. Below, 12 Forbes Coaches Council members explain each concept in depth and offer some high-level examples to illustrate the impact of each.

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Influence Can Happen Without Leadership Yet Will Be Fleeting

Being a leader has more to do with who you are than influence. Influence can happen without leadership yet will be fleeting. The magic formula is impact + grow + leadership= influence. Create areas of impact and growth for others in your life/business as you walk out being who you are as a leader. This combination creates organic influence and leaders become beacons for change. – Jen Kelchner

 

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Forbes: 10 Strategies For Regaining Focus After A Stressful Situation

Forbes: 10 Strategies For Regaining Focus After A Stressful Situation

10 Strategies For Regaining Focus After A Stressful Situation

Time pressure may cause professionals to work more to accomplish their daily responsibilities. Oftentimes, this means rushing too quickly from task to task.

This can make it especially challenging to be fully present with what we are doing, especially if the previous task was stressful. How do we fully “show up,” then, when the last task is still fresh in our minds? Below, Forbes Coaches Council members explain:

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Choose A Response Time And Stick With It

Determine how much time you will give to an “emotional issue.” This is your response time. When any stressful or emotional situation arises, allow yourself the appropriate processing and human response within your pre-set limit. You stay in control and allow for the needed response mentally and emotionally. Breathe, exhale and move into the next space ready to connect without distraction.

– Jen Kelchner

 

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Forbes: 10 Coaching Skills Every Leader Should Master

Forbes: 10 Coaching Skills Every Leader Should Master

10 Coaching Skills Every Leader Should Master

As more and more companies realize the benefits of hiring a coach, they also realize the benefits of incorporating a coaching methodology into the management style of theirleaders. After all, there’s a difference between simply telling employees what to do and working with them on professional development.

Below, coaches from Forbes Coaches Council name one coaching skill that should actually be a core leadership competency.

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Crafting Strategic Vision For Transformation

Leading and connecting people requires the ability to create transformational opportunities and guiding people to them. True leaders will create transformation and set visions for others to reach for and achieve greater for themselves, not just an organization. Inspiring and providing transformative steps through their interactions will shepherd people along the change cycle with little turbulence. – Jen Kelchner

 

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Forbes: 13 Ways To Overcome Negative Thought Patterns

Forbes: 13 Ways To Overcome Negative Thought Patterns

13 Ways To Overcome Negative Thought Patterns

You view the world through your mental attitude. If that attitude is predominantly negative, it can impact everything, including health, career, family, and more. Furthermore, negative thinking can have a spiraling effect that attracts more negative thinking.

Luckily, we can slowly train ourselves over time on how to think by implementing simple techniques. Below, coaches from Forbes Coaches Council offer their guidance on how to get started.

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Focus On Gratitude

Gratitude is underrated by most but is essential to a happy life. Life doesn’t get easier, but we become stronger as we reframe difficulties by recognizing all of the little good things going on around us. Keep a Good List and refer to it daily. Also, focus on what you really want and be very specific. A focused, positive mind will attract what it is seeking over time.  – Jen Kelchner

 

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Forbes: Should Culture Be Created Intentionally, Or Should It Be An Evolutionary Process?

Forbes: Should Culture Be Created Intentionally, Or Should It Be An Evolutionary Process?

Should Culture Be Created Intentionally, Or Should It Be An Evolutionary Process?

Culture” is more than just a buzzword. If you’re a leader in today’s business world, you know culture is a driving force of success.

First, a strong culture helps companies attract and retain employees. Second, a strongculture strengthens the company’s brand and helps employees stay aligned while working toward goals.

But should you create culture intentionally or let it be an evolutionary process? We asked members of Forbes Coaches Council. Here’s what they said:

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Intentional Foundations Prepares You for Organic Growth

Culture creation must be intentional to be in alignment with who you are and what you want your company to represent in the marketplace. You’ll attract the right employees and partners to fuel your performance. Just as people grow, your culture will develop organically over time and adjustments will be made to fit who you are becoming. Be conscious of the legacy you want your culture to create.

– Jen Kelchner

 

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Forbes: How Managers Can Balance Pushing A Team For Results While Keeping Them Engaged

Forbes: How Managers Can Balance Pushing A Team For Results While Keeping Them Engaged

How Managers Can Balance Pushing A Team For Results While Keeping Them Engaged

Setting deadlines for your employees is easy, but keeping them engaged along the way is the real difference between whether they’ll be burned out or hungry for more.

As a manager, you have to walk the line, keeping your eyes on the horizon while remaining tuned into your team at all times. Start now by making sure everyone is in alignment, tap into each individual’s genius zone, and combine extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. A strong leader knows getting results shouldn’t mean diminished engagement. Below, 11 coaches from Forbes Coaches Council explain what you can do.

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Tap Into Their Genius Zones

Leveraging what your people are great at, their sweet spots, will lead them to have peak performance. When leaders capitalize on individual strengths, teams become more effective and efficient with increased productivity and performance. Managers have a duty to both people and process. Allow your people to do what they are great at. They will be happier, and you will look like a rockstar.

– Jen Kelchner

 

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Forbes: 13 Ideas To Promote Female Equality In The Workplace

Forbes: 13 Ideas To Promote Female Equality In The Workplace

13 Ideas To Promote Female Equality In The Workplace

Recent data shows that there is a 21% pay gap GPS +0.40% between female and male workers and a third of businesses have no women in senior management roles.

There’s a number of things businesses can do to address this, like having salary audits, encouraging more open conversations, and assigning in-house champions.

Below, 13 coaches from Forbes Coaches Council offer more tangible solutions to promote female equality in the workplace.

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Walk It Out in Daily Life

It goes beyond our workplace to our home life, too. What we teach our young girls and women about who they are and how they can contribute starts early. Walking it out in our actions and communications removes fear and creates places for change, including the current workplace.   – Jen Kelchner

 

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Forbes: Forbes Coaches Members Share How They Cope With and Overcome Challenges

Forbes: Forbes Coaches Members Share How They Cope With and Overcome Challenges

Forbes Coaches Members Share How They Cope With and Overcome Challenges

Learn from Forbes Coaches Council members as they share how they overcome the challenges they face as a professional coach.

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My challenge as a coach is doing too much as I desire to give and help as much as possible. I continue to remind myself about my own personal currency and how to keep my boundaries intact so I can be more effective. Also, if I do this, I can help more because I’m not experiencing burn out. – Jen Kelchner

 

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As Seen In Forbes 2016

As Seen In Forbes 2016

As a Founding Member of Forbes Coaches Council, I have to opportunity to be part of various Forbes articles. Listed below are links to those articles:

2016

Released January 5, 2016:  Seven Strategies To Position Yourself At Work As A Leader

Released January 19, 2016: Eight Surprising Truths About Leadership That Can Help You Excel

Released January 22, 2016: Forbes Coaches Council Members Share Valuable Business Coach Advice

Released February 2, 2016:  10 Daily Work Habits Every Young Leader Should Adopt

Released February 9, 2016: Seven Practices That Distinguish Great Managers From The Rest

Released February 15, 2016: Forbes Coaches Council Members Share Their Greatest Accomplishments

Released February 16, 2016: Seven Things You Can Do Now To Get Closer To Your ‘Dream Job’

Released March 14, 2016: Seven Ways To Handle Losing Your Job

Released March 18, 2016:  How To Convince Your Employer To Let You Work Part Time

Released March 22, 2016: How To Recover From A Job Layoff

Released March 25, 2016: How Senior-Level Candidates Can Make Their Resumes Stand Out

Released March 29, 2016: 10 Personality Traits That Get In The Way Of Growing Your Business

Released March 30, 2016:  Nine Questions To Get People Thinking Differently About Their Careers

Released April 8, 2016:  13 Ideas To Promote Female Equality In The Workplace

Released April 8, 2016: Forbes Coaches Members Share How They Cope With and Overcome Challenges

Released April 28, 2016:  How Managers Can Balance Pushing A Team For Results While Keeping Them Engaged

Released May 2, 2016: Should Culture Be Created Intentionally, Or Should It Be An Evolutionary Process?

Released May 9, 2016:  13 Ways To Overcome Negative Thought Patterns

Released May 13, 2016: 10 Coaching Skills Every Leader Should Master

Released May 26, 2016: 10 Strategies For Regaining Focus After A Stressful Situation

Released May 31, 2016:  12 Experts Discuss The Difference Between Leadership And Influence

Released June 2, 2016:  Seven Ways Companies Can Realign Culture And Vision

Forbes: Nine Questions To Get People Thinking Differently About Their Careers

Forbes: Nine Questions To Get People Thinking Differently About Their Careers

Nine Questions To Get People Thinking Differently About Their Careers

As the saying goes, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.” In other words, people prefer what they know to what they don’t, even if what they know isn’t good for them. This can be a major barrier when it comes to your career.

If you’ve been considering making a change but have remained stuck for longer than you want to admit, it may be time to take a closer look at your priorities. Below, members of Forbes Coaches Council share one question they’d ask clients to get them thinking differently about their careers.

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Does It Drain You or Energize You?

If you are operating from your genius zone that aligns with purpose, it will always energize you. Even beyond the hustle and work stressors, aligning your sweet spot and purpose will always give you energy. Think about what brings you joy in your work, what feels like breathing to you, and do more of it. Anxiety and energy drain is a sure sign you need a new direction in your career. – Jen Kelchner

 

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