You need to develop competence and trustworthiness in order to have influence in the workplace. People want to see you are someone they can rely on and feel comfortable working by your side.
The are two extremes to avoid if you want to achieve this goal of having an influence in the workplace. First is that you act out too aggressively, and second, and on the other end of the spectrum, if you don’t speak up and never do anything for your co-workers. With these two extremes people will never, ever see your true value.
So what then is the middle ground. Confidence, connection, and consistency are the most important things to achieve influence in the workplace. These traits will give you influence in the workplace and you will get credit when you deserve it.
if you want to be more influential and advance your career, here are some tips.
Body language is very important. People watch our body language all the time. The proper body language that will gain influence with others is to try putting your shoulders back, your head and chin up, and your hands to your side. This shows how confident you are and at the same time that you can be a friend to anyone. This posture will also help you feel more confident about yourself.
It is sometimes difficult to say no to other people. However, it is not always good to say yes and there are times that you need to say no to other. Only focus on the more important goals. Saying yes is good if you have plenty of time in your hands. However, there are times when we say yes to everyone and get behind on very important projects. Goals will be lost in your mind if you always say yes to people. Make sure to focus on your goals so you will know when to say yes and when to say no.
Listening to others is a sure way of getting the trust of people. Listen intently without being distracted. Or, you can gain trust by building up your coworkers. Give compliments and praise that are genuine and related to their positive skills and traits in the workplace. Read more here to learn about workplace trust building.
Producing consistent results can results in increased trust in your abilities by your superiors and colleagues. If you show results, then this will matter greatly in the kind of environment you are working in. If you work is subpar, even your good behavior in the office won’t matter.
Make sure you enhance your skill set. You can widen your knowledge of your field by reading, watching videos, and doing research. Or, let someone mentor you.
Gaining influence in the workplace will help you grow as well. This takes cultivating a positive place to work.