Orison Swett Marden once said, “There are powers inside of you, which, if you could discover and use, would make you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.” At CMOE, we believe this. We help leaders at all levels discover their strengths and reach their full potential by developing personal impact.

Personal impact is about becoming your best self, someone who people in the organization will gravitate towards and be influenced by. It comes from who you are on the inside and what you do on the outside. People with personal impact can successfully initiate change, introduce new ideas, and influence others to reach new levels of success.

Your ability to influence others and be an excellent leader is grounded in your ability to establish personal credibility, be trustworthy, manage adversity, lead change, create positive relationships, develop self-awareness, and lead with your core values in mind.

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It’s easy to lose credibility if people don’t feel that they can trust you. Many leaders have made the mistake of complaining openly, spreading gossip, withholding information, sharing half-truths, behaving in an arrogant manner, or not accepting feedback from others—all of which damage leader credibility and influence.

It’s important to reflect on whether the actions you take each day enhance the trust and credibility you have with your team members. Acknowledge when you have made mistakes or errors in judgment, take personal responsibility for your decisions, and make commitments that you can realistically keep.

All leaders periodically encounter adversity and resistance. It’s important to remind yourself to remain flexible and optimistic about the future. You are the role model for your team at all times, and when you can behave positively, your team is more likely to feel inspired to face challenges with optimism.

Anticipating how your emotional responses to challenging situations will affect others calls for self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Seek out feedback on your personal strengths and weaknesses, and be conscious of your limitations and proactive in overcoming them.

Leaving a personal leadership legacy requires you to be a competent, credible business leader in your field, but it also requires you to be guided by your core principles and values. Make sure that the actions you take and the decisions you make reflect the kind of person you want to be. You should be able to explain how your behavior is related to what matters to you deep in your heart. No matter how many policies and work processes are in place, there‘s just no substitute for relying on your core principles and values to guide your actions. Successful leaders with personal impact live according to their personal code of conduct.

You will be better equipped to build a strong and committed team if you can articulate what is most important to you and show respect for the unique individuals you have on the team. You have the power to influence others to achieve new levels of success. Contact CMOE today to find out how we can help you and your company improve.

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CMOE’s Design Team is comprised of individuals with diverse and complementary strengths, talents, education, and experience who have come together to bring a unique service to CMOE’s clients. Our team has a rich depth of knowledge, holding advanced degrees in areas such as business management, psychology, communication, human resource management, organizational development, and sociology.

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