I just started reading Influencer-The New Science of Leading Change written by several leaders in best practice training products and services. Sounds kind of dry, right? Actually, no. I was very surprised on how easy it was to pick it up given the title and the very boring cover.
Chapter 2 outlines the three keys to influence and the 3rd key is what really got me thinking: Engage all six sources of influence. This is the ‘what’ after you’ve figured out the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ if you are familiar with Simon Sinek and his Golden Circle. I found myself thinking along the lines of leadership influence (for lack of a better word) again. This seems to be a recurring theme within my blogging. The six sources of influence are:
1. Personal Motivation – Do they enjoy it?
2. Personal Ability – Can they do it?
3. Social Motivation – Do others encourage them to enact the wrong behavior?
4. Social Ability – Do others enable them?
5. Structural Motivation – Do rewards and sanctions encourage them?
6. Structural Ability – Does their environment enable them?
If an educator has poor leadership, their answers are probably: no, maybe, yes, no, no, no. 0/6 If an educator has a supportive leader, their answers are probably yes, yes, no, yes, yes, yes. 6/6
I prefer the latter.