Four Ways to Build Influential Connection

Leadership Freak


Intimidation requires position or perceived power but influence is a function of connection.

Distance and threat are the tools of bullies. Intimidators reach down from power towers and squeeze peons with fear.

Intimidators lose power when they connect. Leaders gain influence when they connect.

Influence answers fear and draws near.


Connection requires transparency. Humble leaders become one-of not one-above by sharing their journey. Common failures, successes, struggles, and growth build and enhance connection.

The downside of transparency is minimizing another’s journey. “I know what you mean. I used to feel that way.”

The upside of transparency is confirmation and affirmation. “We’re in this together.”

But, transparency isn’t enough.


Transparency without candor is feeling warm with your head in the sand.

Transparency is about you.
Candor is about them.

Permission to address tough issues stands on transparency.

Transparency is tender.
Candor is tough.

Together, candor and transparency are like sweet…

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