It’s true- you have influence. People notice your actions and your words.
If you are a leader – at work, at home, in the community – in any capacity, people do pay attention to what you do and what you say. Every interaction or observation can leave a lasting impression.
It’s up to you to decide if the impression left will be positive or negative.
I was reminded of the impact individuals have on those around them several times recently on both a personal and professional level. It can be frightening and humbling.
Frightening when you realize that you don’t always live up to your own expectations much less the example you want to be for others.
Humbling to realize that no matter your circumstances, you have an impact.
It can also be energizing. As a leader in your company and your neighborhood, you have the potential to quietly make a tremendous impact – often without saying a word.
Are you living up to your stated values and beliefs? Does every interaction make a deposit or withdrawal from someone’s emotional bank account? Are you living life as a servant leader putting others first? Does your presence inspire your team?
If you can answer “yes” to all the questions above, you are a leader no matter what your role. You have influence.