Know Your Position
You need to have influence because of a certain situation you are in. Know the importance of your position and when you come in contact with those that you need to have an influence on; be sure that you express the importance of what you are doing. You do not need to blow your own trumpet but do let them know, even if it is done in an indirect manner.
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It is nice to be approachable and being friendly but you must maintain a certain amount of professionalism. Being polite in general is a part of that and cracking a light joke every now and again is perfectly all right, after all no one wants a boss who has a swollen face all the time. But be sure that you do not get friendly to the point where people start taking you easy. Be sure to be serious when a matter of importance in being discussed.
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Never make decisions in haste. Think seriously on each matter and come up with a decision of substance and then be firm on it. It is important that you have a clear decision making process as this will also give confidence to those who are working for you.
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Do Not Lose Your Temper
There are always time when it is easy to lose your temper and let it all out. However, it is best that you keep your calm and do no such thing. If there is a situation when a person needs to be given a dressing down, do it in a professional manner and without hurting the other person’s feelings. This will help you gain more respect and your influence will be more than ever.
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