Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Attitudes of Influential Leadership

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Attitudes of Influential Leadership

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The wind and the sun decided to have a competition to decide who was stronger. They agreed that the winner would be the one who could persuade a man to take off his coat. The wind blew and blew, but the man held on more tightly to his coat. Then the sun shone gently down, and within minutes, the man took off his coat.

--Aesop's Fable The Wind and the Sun

The moral of the preceding fable is that you can't force someone to do what they don't want to do. Instead, the art of influential leadership is to get them to want what you want.

Leadership is changing significantly: No longer is it about hitting the numbers or holding a "position" over employees so they will perform in ways that only benefit the facts and figures. Chasing after accolades, awards and achievements also no longer bring fulfillment to leaders. What brings genuine fulfillment is investing in the lives of people.

Influential leadership is about crafting a work culture that allows employees to thrive, be inspired, work to their fullest potential and feel safe. In this new culture, the leader stands back and cheers on his or her team to create a shared experience of accomplishment. When this culture is in place, employees become high performers and the numbers, facts and figures show up.

Following are a few of the "Be Attitudes of Influential Leadership," which I'll cover during my session at Conference in New Orleans (www.nrpa.org/ conference2017). They can help leaders reap influential benefits in their organization and have a lifelong impact on their staff. …

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