“The Key to Successful Leadership today is influence, not authority.”  Ken Blanchard

Leadership is a recurring topic, especially in the world of relationship marketing.  So much of one’s ability to be successful in relationship building centers around the ability to influence others.

Some leaders lead through the authority the are granted via political appointments, job positions, and seniority.  I do not consider that leadership as much as it is compliance on the part of those being led with a so called higher authority.

True leadership is about influence.  True leadership creates a voluntary decision to follow.  True leaders don’t compel a following, they inspire one.