So, let’s talk about ‘The power of the people’. You can be the best of the best at what you do, but if you don’t have the ‘power of the people’ behind you, frankly, you won’t reach your highest potential. Let me explain.
What ‘people power’ doesn’t mean
I’m not suggesting you need to be throwing a 5 coursed fine dining dinner parties every week, buying your bosses favorite half strength almond extra hot 1/2 sugar latte, or walking your colleague’s Rottweiler dog on weekends, just to get on everyone’s good side. Far from it. Some of the most successful people I know barely socialize with the crowds, but, they still have the power of the people behind them.
What exactly is ‘power of the people’
When you have the power of the people, essentially, people respect you. Perhaps, what you stand for or how you do business. They may really appreciate your work ethics, your values, your comedy, or they can just tell “you are generally a good egg”. Either way, you have won the crowd. I have witnessed this ‘people’s power’ in a variety of forms, personalities and roles within businesses. It’s not just managers and leaders. Anyone can possess this influence among the group. Don’t confuse influence with popularity. Having the ‘people’s power’ does not mean everyone wants to sing happy birthday to you, pop a party popper or meet up to play squash on Sunday, that’s not people’s power. However, with people’s power, you have a voice, you have an influence.
Why do you need ‘people’s power’?
People hold the key to your career success, your business’s success, and the success of achieving your highest potential. This can prove to be an incredibly valuable asset when you want to implement positive changes, get promoted, need help or require information. Many people want to be liked by everyone, that’s really hard work. Given that you are likely in an enclosed space for 40 hours per week, sat in each others space ALL day. Rather than being liked by everyone, try to stay neutral, work towards being respected by the majority instead.
The 5 essential tools to help you succeed
1. Be positive, as often as you possibly can
This can be tricky. Especially when you have had a bad day, you just want to have a whinge, (we all do it) but just remember, your vibe attracts your tribe: If you whinge, people will follow your whinge. Use your influence for good.
2. Display your most passionate self to your cause
You want to be the best you can possibly be? Great! You often need to listen to your colleagues to hear about their strengths to help you succeed. That’s commendable and well respected. Utilizing the knowledge of others to help your cause will make people appreciate that. Your cause may be, providing for your family. Nothing more nothing less. Great! People understand your values and there’s nothing more honest. That wins a crowd. Whatever your cause, be passionate.
3. Don’t get suckered into office hype and hearsay
It’s huge. Honestly. The office ‘gross’ spreads like wildfire. Don’t get suckered in because before you know it, the boss hears it from someone else who heard it from you… Your credibility is gone, poof. Don’t get involved, stay neutral and nod and smile. Keep your self well out of the way so you won’t be caught out by the head honchos or colleagues trying to slope their shoulders in your direction of the responsibility for ‘gossip gone south’. You’ll also find that no one has an issue, as you were always there but never on the wrong side of anyone and no one will have any issues with your opinions on this stuff, another powerful asset later on.
4. Listen to everyone, but carefully choose who to speak to
Everyone needs to talk in the heat of the moment. It happens. Sometimes you will hear all varieties of information varying in value. It’s important you don’t share the information around. It will absolutely come up that it came from you, even if you don’t think it will. Keep it to yourself and keep that circle of trust with as many people as you can, those relationships will bode well later on.
5. Make suggestions and manage upwards
If you want change, don’t go saying to your boss that things are rubbish and it’s all wrong. That’s actually quite offensive to the person on the receiving end of that information. Try starting with all the things that are good, and what positive changes you have appreciated. Followed by your suggestions for improvement that could further help achieve the positive outcome that everyone is working towards. Welcome everyone’s feedback on your ideas, no one knows it all.
To be heard, even if you have the most knowledge, experience or expertise; it’s important to think about how different roles and personalities respond to your communication and what influence you have. You may have a larger impact on the people around you than you realize, so use your influence wisely.