Some musings on influence….
As we converse, develop ideas with others, innovate through brainstorming, or work on projects we are constantly influencing others and they are influencing us. Our thoughts shift as we listen, when we speak other’s thoughts shift. Our perspective is often influenced by conversations.
It is interesting to observe the influence we have on others. Sometimes this a challenge as we never quite know what impact we have had. Others behaviour give us a clue, however in essence our influence is rarely measurable or known until we hear others speak about us to someone else.
Often we do not intend to influence. We may intend to persuade. We may intend to convince. We may intend to lead or direct. How often do we deliberately intend to influence?
‘I would like to be influential"- what does this actually mean? I would like to have other people listen to my ideas and be motivated to change based on this? Maybe. Is influence something we experience? Perhaps.