12 Qualities of an Influential Person
Summary: This essay is about the 12 exceptional qualities which influential people possess and how they influence others.
Influence is the ability or capacity to make an affect upon
the thinking and actions of other people. At one-time, people
thought influence was an ethereal or miraculous substance, which
flowed from the stars and made people act in mysterious ways.
Today, we know that not only people but also substances such
as alcohol, commercial products, popular brands, organizations,
ideas and ideologies can influence human behavior. Certain influences
can last for a very long time. For example, we are still influenced
by scriptures that were composed thousands of years ago.
Everyone has some influence, but it may not be sufficient
to motivate others or realize oneâ€™s goals and dreams. In most
cases a personâ€™s influence may extend to his or her family and
friends, or to certain groups and organizations, where he or
she has a stake. If you are seeking success and fulfillment
in life, you must try to extend your zone of influence or, in
other words, become an influential person. Power is the ability
to influence. The more power you have, the more impactful your
influence will be. With more influence, you will have better
control over your life and circumstances, as people respect
your authority, words and decisions. They listen to you, pay
you attention and even comply with your requests and expectations.
Many things contribute to influence. Money and status (social,
political or economic) are two most important criteria. One
may also influence other through deception or by using fear
and coercion. Thus, many positive and negative factors contribute
to a personâ€™s influence. His ability to influence may also depend
upon circumstances. Many people realize it when they lose power,
position or moHowever, what sustains a personâ€™s influence in
the end is his character, conduct and integrity and the impression
he creates in others. Wealth may buy you influence, but wealth
without character does not work in the long run. People may
do the bidding of wealthy people to avoid confrontation but
may not truly and willingly be influenced by them, unless they
earn their respect. If you are aiming to increase your influence
or become an influential person, the following information may
help you. Influential people possess most of the following characteristics.
1. Character and integrity: A person may
or may not have wealth, but if he has character and integrity,
he has greater chances of influencing others. Influential people
are humble and possess good character and integrity. Mahatma
Gandhi was not a rich man, but he was more influential than
the richest people of his time because he had character and
2. Knowledge and skills: People always respect
those who possess knowledge in specific areas. Even politicians,
businessmen and big corporations consult them in decision making.
Therefore, if you want to have influence, you must have expertise
or specialized knowledge in a field, which is in demand.
3. Ability to lead: Leadership and the ability
to influence others go together. Good leaders are good at influencing
and inspiring others. Their authority stems from their leadership
skills. They know how to set the goals and lead by example,
show courage, confidence and initiative, accept responsibility,
or help others when they need it.
4. Likeability: It is not necessary
that one has to be rich and powerful to influence others. One
can do it by being likable. If you are likeable, people listen
to you even if you have some faults and even if you do not hold
a position of authority. It is why many people who do not hold
any position of power, or who may occupy subordinate or secondary
positions also succeed in influencing others and accomplishing
5. Friendly and sociable: If you are outgoing,
easy to approach and communicate, willing to invest in friendships
and relationships and prefer to build bridges of understanding
and goodwill, you have better chances of leaving a positive
impression of others and influence them.
6. Open-mindedness. If you want to influence
others, you must be willing to keep an open mind and suspend
your prejudices and preconceived notions. Closeminded people
are choosy. Hence, they will have a very limited zone of influence.
Openminded people interact with many and thereby find more opportunities
to make themselves heard.
7. Ability to inspire: Influential people
have the ability to inspire and uplift people. They do it with
their personal aura as well as intelligence. By appealing to
their desires, fears, thinking and imagination and with a careful
choice of words, body language, symbols and images, they invoke
in them right feelings and emotions and elicit the desired response.
8. Optimistic: Truly influential people
never lose hope in their ability to influence and inspire others.
They keep exploring various alternatives, ways and means until
they succeed. Without hope and positive expectations people
easily give after a few feeble attempts, whereas influential
people keep trying until they succeed.
9. Ability to communicate effectively: Influential
people possess a good command over the language. They know which
words to use in which situation to elicit right responses. They
also know how to appeal to the minds and hearts of people with
a careful selection of words and phrases.
10. Self-confidence: Influential people
believe in themselves and their ability to impress and influence
others. Therefore, they do not mind taking risks or showing
initiative in performing actions or making things happen. With
faith and confidence in their aims and abilities they inspire
others to listen to them or follow their advice.
11. Readiness to appreciate: Influential
people know the power of positive appreciation. Therefore, they
do not cross others or hurt their feelings or dampen their spirits
unless it is a part of the plan. Otherwise, they never leave
an opportunity to admire and appreciate people and bring out
the best in them.
12. Show gratitude: Influential people never
forget the help they receive from others and miss no opportunity
to remind themselves and others how grateful they are for the
help they received from them. Wherever possible, they also reciprocate
by returning the favor in some meaningful and substantial way.
Thereby, they earn the good will of people and build a vast
network of influence.
With these 12 characteristics you too can become an influential
person and build your own zone of influence where you can influence
people, and accomplish things according to your choice, vision
and goals. You should also remember that your effort to influence
others must be guided by noble intentions and not for selfish
or destructive purposes. Hence, you should never lose sight
of the importance of character and conduct or the virtues of
humanity. Otherwise, you will end up becoming an influence peddler
or a lobbyist, which will eventually lower your self-image in
your own esteem and bring your misery and suffering. g an influence
peddler or a lobbyist, which will eventually lower your self-image
in your own esteem and bring your misery and suffering.
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