Who has influenced you personally and professionally?\r\n\r\n \t\r\nWhat has influenced you personally and professionally?\r\n\r\n \t\r\nWhat did they do to influence you?\r\n\r\n \t\r\nHow have they influenced you?\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cEach day you are leading by example. Whether you realise it or not or whether it\u2019s positive or negative, you are influencing those around you.\u201d Rob Liano\r\nWe can be influenced positively or negatively. Some can challenge us, whereas some provide great chances for us to take.\r\nWe are often influenced by great leaders who we admire and aspire to be, and they motivate us to be better than we are.\r\nWhat we don\u2019t often take into consideration is that people may see us as leaders, and without realising it we might be influencing others.\r\nIt\u2019s interesting we often benchmark ourselves against others but can\u2019t measure ourselves as other people see us.\r\nIf we looked at who specifically influences us, we can then try to identify why they might influence us. Is it what they do, or say, their behaviour, their attitude or their actions?\r\nWe might then look at what it is that influences us. By doing this we can start to focus on using this as an opportunity to take on a new challenge by learning new ways of doing things. Gaining more self-belief and confidence in ourselves realising that we all have the potential to grow and develop no more or less than anyone else.\r\nAs John Quincy Adams said, \u201cIf your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.\u201d\r\nWhether we are being inspired or influenced by others, we can all learn from each other. Each one of us is unique and can achieve our full potential.\r\nSome steps you might want to follow:\r\n\r\n \t\r\nConsider who inspires and influences you right now\r\n\r\n \t\r\nThink about what it is about them that inspires and influences you\r\n\r\n \t\r\nReflect on how their influences might change you\r\n\r\n \t\r\nPlan on when you are going to put that influence into action\r\n\r\n\r\nInfluence is powerful \u2013 influence is leadership.\r\nInfluence can be positive or negative \u2013 work towards this being a positive in your life.