It’s not uncommon to hear someone on a coaching call say they can’t possibly lead if they are not the boss; if they don’t have the title. What this tells me is they don’t understand the dynamics of influence. I always like to inform them that even if you had the title, if you don’t have influence with the people you lead, you won’t be successful for long.
Because leadership is influence, it is a 360-degree experience. You don’t just influence down to people who report to you; you must influence up to your boss and across to your peers as well. To believe that you can’t lead if you are not at the top is to accept the myth that position or title is what leadership is all about. Another myth that is easy to buy into is the Influence Myth, which says if I were…
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