The Most Powerful Mantra for Influential Leadership

Your Challenge

  • New leader struggling to make an impact or influence on others
  • Experienced leader being perceived as an efficient manager than an effective leader
  • Not sure, how to bring effective and influential leadership to life
  • Tired of reading books after books on how to influence others but can’t get ground-up
  • Missing the fundamentals of influencing others
Our Advice

All leaders want to make a positive impact around them. Impact comes to life with the fundamental instrument of influence. However, it is not quite the same story for everyone since everyone is different. This means the working styles, perspectives, communication styles, inner motivations, and drives- all could be very different. But there has to be something, a mantra that every leader can follow and plant the seeds of influence from day one at their work and even personal lives. This powerful yet most effective mantra is called “Stay Visible, Stay Connected” (SVSC).

Let’s break the mantra into 2 parts and understand it better:

  • Stay Visible: Why is the visibility of a leader so important? Simply put, if you don’t see the sun for quite a long time, then how do you feel? Energized or not at your best? For most people, they won’t be at their best. Similarly, the leader needs to be there and spread the shine for their teams and others to be more effective. What can a leader achieve through visibility?
  1. Enhance relationships with teams and others
  2. Ability to observe, assess and develop talent
  3. Establish clear expectations, and provide ongoing support and motivation
  4. Model shared leadership and foster positive attitudes and behaviors
What to do?
  • Get out of the office in between those who are serving the frontline
  • Stay engaged, stay involved without interfering too much
  • Share timely information in person and stay transparent
  • Have authentic and critical face to face conversations that matter
  • Celebrate wins with your presence
  • Ensure having not just formal but information interactions 
  • Engage team and invite all voice to the table during meetings when taking important decisions and setting directions
  • Stay Connected: Can you imagine a company that is not connected with its customers on an ongoing basis? What does it do to the reputation of the company? How much do the customers trust the company? Will customers ever bother recommending the company? We know the answer. Similarly, how can leaders influence and build trust with their teams and others around them without staying connected on an ongoing basis? Thar realistically not possible. The meaning of the term “connection” is two-fold. It indicates face-to-face or virtual connection through communication. The other meaning indicates involvement. Involvement includes providing others a sense of belongingness. Some other words that might resonate with you are recognition and inclusion.
What to do?
  • Use the pull strategy to influence. Nothing can be better than engaging teams and others around you in an authentic way. Involve them in critical decision making
  • Be the one-minute manager (Kenneth H. Blanchard)- provide the one-minute goals, one-minute praisings, and one-minute reprimands through effective and just-in-time feedback 
  • Use technology like Skype and other virtual collaboration tools to keep the connection alive. Don’t be shy or procrastinate on this
  • Provide teams with a sense of belongingness by supporting them align their work with organizational goals and continuously creating conditions for achievement. This may include coaching and mentoring.
SVSC is one of the most powerful mantras of all times for all leaders to stay influential. It lays the foundation for influence through a true human connection while playing positively on the human senses physically and psychologically. Use this mantra and notice the difference.

Our Recommendation

For decades, The One Minute Manager® has helped millions achieve more successful professional and personal lives. While the principles it lays out are timeless, our world has changed drastically since the book’s publication. The exponential rise of technology, global flattening of markets, instant communication, and pressures on corporate workforces to do more with less—including resources, funding, and staff—have all revolutionized the world in which we live and work.

Now, Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson have written The New One Minute Manager to introduce the book’s powerful, important lessons to a new generation. In their concise, easy-to-read story, they teach readers three very practical secrets about leading others—and explain why these techniques continue to work so well.