Influencing others may be as simple as asking a colleague to do something or as complex as building multi-party coalitions. Whatever the situation, success depends on the strategies you employ. In this blog, I’ll outline 9 strategies, when each strategy is most effective and least effective. You can find more detail on each strategy in the complete “Skillfluence Influencing Strategies Workbook” which you can download from our Resource Library.
1. Empowerment: Making others feel valued by involving them in decision-making, and giving them recognition.
Purpose: The purpose of empowerment is to gain the commitment of those who will carry out a plan. Empowerment stimulates people to take the initiative and keeps them motivate.
- When the people you want to influence have a high level of knowledge and expertise.
- When the culture of your organisation supports participation.
- When it’s important to maintain positive relationships.
- If those you’re empowering don’t have the capability or will to achieve the desired goal.
- When the organisation doesn’t support participation, or when decisions need to be made quickly.
- When power is given to others without support or follow up.