Increase Your Influence and Value

 

Based on “Be Indispensable” article that originally appeared in Leadership Excellence July 2012. Click Here to read PDF version.

Make seven clear choices.

Many organizations are plagued by leaders who are making choices today to protect themselves and their turf in a way that makes them dispensable and their organizations vulnerable to customer demands, competition, and recession.

I see seven choices for becoming so valuable to others that you are always in demandtruly indispensable to your company, direct reports and peers.

Choice 1: Purpose-driven or goal-dri­ven. While we all have our performance goals to complete each year, and setting goals is a way to keep people focused, it is purpose that inspires and motivates people to excel. Do your people know your purpose, the context for their hard work and the value of their contribution to a greater good beyond their job and paycheck? Great leaders stand for some­thing greater and motivate their workers because of their purpose motive—their contribution to a greater good.

Choice 2: Play big or play small. Play­ing small can take on different attributes —not speaking up to voice your opin­ion, resisting change, or micromanaging your direct reports. Leaders can’t afford to play small. They have to make tough decisions, spark innovation, and take calculated risks. Leaders who play big share two qualities: Read more