Influencing Leadership

Amy is not a business owner or in management at her job, but she's been inspired by EntreLeadership. What are some ways she can influence upper management at her company?

QUESTION: Amy in Memphis is not a business owner or in management at her job, but she’s been inspired by EntreLeadership. What are some ways she can influence upper management at her company? Dave offers Amy some ideas.

ANSWER: Two things. One is that I’m never insulted when someone on my team brings me a book on leadership that they love. I don’t take that to mean they think I’m a bad leader; I take that to mean they think I’m always learning, and I’ve always got something new to learn, and maybe this is a good book. Just like you’re not insulted if someone tells you that there’s a great movie to go see.

So I’d buy some books and get them out. Say that this is information you’d like to see implemented and give them the handbook. The second thing is that you take what you learn from there and go be extremely excellent in the areas you can control. You will be noticed for that. You will stand out and people will ask you why and you’ll have a chance to tell them why. You could be the virus that infects the whole place in a good way.