• Joel Bouzaid

Leadership is Influence Model, and how it can serve you

Updated: Mar 17, 2019

If you read my last blog here, you will have read about how leading by example can indirectly impact those around us, and how important it is to understand our influence. In this blog, I’d like to briefly unpack the overall model, so you get a sense of it and how beneficial it can be.

The Leadership is Influence model is a challenge and support blueprint, designed to help you grow throughout your own unique journey.

The model is made up of:

  • The 3 pillars to pursue: character, confidence, congruence

  • The 3 distinctions of a leader: coach, inspire, serve

  • The 9 functions to maximise: create vision, change perspective, take ownership, install habits, high perform, risk failure, elicit culture, build trust, seek feedback

  • All contributing to the influence you have as a leader, reflected in the centre

What does this mean for you?

  • It means that leadership isn’t what it use to be. Anyone can lead, it doesn’t have to be reserved only for those who hold the position of power, role or authority.

  • Research now indicate that leaders who lean on their position will only ever be able to get ‘this much’ done.

  • Dust off the impostor syndrome and embrace the idea that you don’t need a title to lead. We are all continuously influencing each other so it makes sense to start with self.

How can you use this?

  • Very simply. Given the context of your situation, consider the 9 functions to maximise (listed above) as direct actions to take.

  • Create a vision for your business, family, relationships, or project. What’s your vision? How compelling is it for you?

  • Get a blank piece of paper out and write down how you want it to be in 3, 6, 12 and 24 months.

  • Develop hope because leaders have faith that what they see in the future is POSSIBLE. “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs (29:18); and Martin Lurther King Jr. once said, “I believe that one day this nation will rise up”… he had vision.

  • Go through each of the 9 functions to maximise and treat each one like a task by adding to the front of it, “how could I (insert function)” and then answer that question.

Where do you start?

  • Understanding that if you are looking for a fast toe-dip approach, that doesn’t require too much investment, this process might feel a bit overwhelming and that is OK.

  • Look at the 3 distinctions of a leader: leaders coach, they inspire and they serve. Maybe in your context it is: business, family, relationship, or team. You could begin by asking yourself: “in what circumstances do I need to be coaching?”, “what skills do I already have as a coach?” and “who could I learn from to get better at coaching?”.

  • Make no mistake about it, leaders can coach. They can cut through the surface crap that people bring to relationships. They can ask the questions that matter, causing their people to think ‘outside the box’, differently, or in a way that leads to personal insight.

  • Awareness. That’s the business of a leader. To help her or his people increase their awareness, and in doing so, they make cleaner choices both professionally and personally.

Push yourself right now and commit to an action. Think of something to shift and cause you a tiny bit of discomfort. 3, 2, 1…GO!