9 Secrets That Powerful People Rely On
By Sandy Schroeder
We all know key people who always get things done. Because they are influential, they have built-in power, but there is more to the story. The real secret to their strength is in their key habits.
Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services many Fortune 500 companies, took a look at the key power habits that work for them every time.
They inspire change - They always want to know “what if?” Influential people tend to be a little disruptive because they never just accept the usual. They want to know what could be better, and how could that happen.
They are open to opinions – A good argument with solid evidence is always welcome. They believe good ideas need to be heard, and they never assume they know it all. They are all about working together to get good results.
They make the time to do it right – These people seldom wind up doing project fixes because they make the effort and take the time to do it right when they begin.
They get their own answers – They never rely on canned opinions. They are willing to do the research to know what should be done.
They dream big – They believe in their own abilities, and those of the people around them. When opportunities show up they are willing to jump right in. Their positive approach motivates everyone to do their best.
They never overreact - They seldom respond immediately, choosing to weigh what is said and give the best answer. Relationships are valued, and they never damage them with impulsive replies. They can be counted on to keep everyone calm instead of inciting needless reactions.
They know how to build connections – They make the effort to pick the right connections and always treat them well. Then they link one connection to another, and another, creating a network of first-rate people.
They value people – Seeing individuals for who they really are gives them a definite edge in the workplace. When they spot talent, enthusiasm, or loyalty, they encourage it and are often rewarded with top notch workers.
They always think ahead – They never just wait for the next breakthrough. They usually know about it first and find ways to be involved. If you want to know what the future will look like, ask them.
If this list of power habits makes sense, you are probably already using similar approaches. Keep your eyes open and keep right on going.
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