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

 

This article has a mention by Jen Kelchner or is authored by Jen Kelchner and was originally posted on Forbes.com. Jen Kelchner is a founding member of the Forbes Coaches Council and frequently writes on leadership and the workplace.

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

 

This article has a mention by Jen Kelchner or is authored by Jen Kelchner and was originally posted on Forbes.com. Jen Kelchner is a founding member of the Forbes Coaches Council and frequently writes on leadership and the workplace.

Forbes: Seven Strategies To Position Yourself As A Leader At Work

Forbes: Seven Strategies To Position Yourself As A Leader At Work

Seven Strategies To Position Yourself As A Leader At Work

If you’re new to your job or organization, getting recognition (and perhaps a promotion) as quickly as you would like isn’t always easy. Some companies will have a very traditional hierarchy, requiring that you cozy up to the right leaders in the company in order to move forward; other more open organizations might reward you for being a great team player who values communication.

Regardless of what type of company you’re working for, if you know you have the skills to lead, it’s on you to demonstrate that to the right people. By understanding where you fit in, branding yourself correctly and identifying opportunities to show your leadership skills, you can accelerate your career.

Below, seven leadership and career coaches from Forbes Coaches Council share seven proven strategies for getting where you want to go this year:

 

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Maintain Confidence and Create Connections

Someone’s depth or breadth of experience isn’t what qualifies them as a leader. It’s more about the inherent gift and drive a person brings to the table that attracts and influences. In order to position yourself as a leader, you must embrace and maintain confidence in who you are and create authentic connections with those you want to influence. – Jen Kelchner

 

This article has a mention by Jen Kelchner or is authored by Jen Kelchner and was originally posted on Forbes.com. Jen Kelchner is a founding member of the Forbes Coaches Council and frequently writes on leadership and the workplace.

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