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2015-12-10
18/11/2015


I hope that you are enjoying this thing we call leadership -INFLUENCE....
I certainly am, to be honest for most of my life i believed that Leadership is a Position or Title. I have had an incredible life in Corporate and from smaller organizations to even the larger international ones that i worked at......I saw this play out in a different ways.
The person that everyone, liked, or that liked everyone, the person who made an effort out to reach to people, seemed to have more influence than the Country Director or Managing Director.
I remember one example, i was working at a Project Manager for CARE International, an amazing organization, with such a good social focus, and i was there for 2 years, when we were told that we need to have special team building session because the South African Country Office was under Review, and a restructure was in order....
Now if you know people the minute you hear RESTRUCTURE....people's minds start to run wild, everyone started to panic, there were private meetings, people became ill, the stress from the situation was insane, but there was one very interesting thing that happened.In all these little meetings, that were happening, in the tea room, in the corridor, in peoples offices, no one went directly to the Country Director(lets call her Mandy-not her real name btw) to ask, whats really going on.
No-one, but more that 75 % of people was in another persons office, this person(Lets call him Harry-also not his real name) was in admin, or accounts, but not a big title, or position.....not even a position that could make decisions to keep ones job or not....people were in and out of Harry's office, the whole day...
Now if you know me really well, you know i love questions, i especially love people behaviour questions :)
So this was intriguing. why was everyone in and out of Harry's office...
Why do you think......
Share you answer with me, i would love to know what your assumptions are......

Look i know how boring it is to read long emails...so that is not my plan here, so next week we can continue the story.....

I hope that is ok, in the meantime look around at you workplace see who is the person that may not have a title or position but definitely seems to have influence, then think about why is this.....

Have a great week my friend, please note that this Saturday will be the last contact programme (SEEDS OF POSSIBILITY) we run for the Year, and then we close on the 4th December and reopen 12 January ....YAY 2016.....if its anything like 2015 for us....its going to BE AMAZING .....
big hugs and to your continued success
Elaine