Building Power and Influence for Success

from Eric Matas

Objective: At the end of this lesson, you will be able to identify and apply strategies to build personal and professional power and influence to achieve success.


In life, and especially in business, one of the keys to success is the ability to build and wield influence effectively. Today, we’re going to explore how you can build that kind of power, and use it to be a force for good. Whether you’re a small business founder or someone simply wanting to have more influence, this lesson will provide you with practical insights.

The Concept of Power

Power is about the ability to influence the behavior of others to achieve a desired outcome. It’s about persuading and motivating people to align with your vision and objectives. But remember, real power is about collaboration, not domination.

Building Power: The Essential Elements

Expertise: One of the most compelling sources of power is expertise. To build power, it is essential to be knowledgeable and skilled in your area of interest or business.

Relationships: Building strong and positive relationships is key. Nurture relationships not just for immediate gain, but with a long-term perspective.

Communication: Effective communication is critical in building power. Your ability to articulate your thoughts, ideas, and vision clearly is essential.

Character: Your character plays a significant role in how people perceive you. Integrity, honesty, and consistency in your actions build trust and loyalty, enhancing your power and influence.

Practical Ways to Build Power

Develop Your Skills and Knowledge: Engage in continuous learning to keep your expertise up-to-date. Always be curious.

Network and Collaborate: Engage with others, understand their perspectives, and seek opportunities for collaboration. Building a supportive network helps amplify your power.

Communicate with Clarity and Confidence: Practice clear, open, and transparent communication. Be an active listener.

Show Consistency in Character: Uphold your values in all circumstances. Be a person of your word.

Mentor and Be Mentored: Teach and learn from others. This two-way process helps to broaden your horizons and boost your influence.

Actively Give Back: Generosity fosters goodwill and respect. Seek ways to contribute to your community, industry, and society at large.

In Conclusion

Power is a tool, and like any tool, its impact depends on how you use it. Use it with wisdom and respect, and you will inspire others to do the same. Remember, real power isn’t about gaining control over others; it’s about inspiring and enabling others to achieve their best. Building power is a journey, not a destination, and it starts with a single step. So, take that step today, and see how far you can go.

Activity: Building Power Action Plan

Now that you understand the concept of power and ways to build it, create an action plan to start building your power. Write down the actions you will take in the areas of expertise, relationships, communication, character, mentoring, and giving back.

Remember, we’re all lifelong learners. Each day presents a new opportunity to learn, grow, and influence. Let’s use our power wisely, for our success, and to help those around us. 

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