Here is Part II of Orrin’s recent interview.
- Can you name your five levels of influence and how leaders can work on becoming more influential?
The Five Levels of Influence are like a stairway of higher leadership levels. Beginning with the Learn step, the hungry leader begins his leadership climb through these five levels:
a. Learn: a leader must be able to learn from anyone
b. Perform: persevere through failure to find success
c. Lead: extend your abilities by expanding your team
d. Develop Leaders: learn to trust your people
e. Develop Leaders Who Develop Leaders: create a legacy
Brady and I taught that leadership influence increases as a leader improves his effectiveness in character, task, and relationships to build his Tri-Lateral Leadership score. To be a leader, one must build competence in all three areas. For example, no matter how great at task and relationships a person is, if he lacks character, people will reject his leadership. They may think he is a nice person and works hard, but they simply don’t trust him because he lacks character. On the other hand, a person may have character and work incredibly hard, but still not lead because he has not learned to connect with people to associated what they want with his vision in a win-win fashion. Finally, a leader may have character and great ability to connect, but has lost his hunger to lead, thus falling short in the task area. Leaders cannot rest on past laurels as yesterday’s successes can breed tomorrow’s failures if complacency sets in. Because leadership is both an art and a science, there is simply no substitute for investing the 10,000 plus hours to master the leadership craft.
Are you currently trying to master your leadership craft?