In a corporate setting, managers are “authorized” to act on behalf of the shareholders. Some people may think that the authority is to control and to give orders or enforce discipline. When a manager tries to control by positional power, research shows that you have a demoralized workforce and that eventually destroys the team. Outside the corporate setting, we are influenced by leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King who set a vision, communicated, built relationships with a large number of followers, and led by example. This applies in corporate settings as well. Influencing through vision, communication, building relationships and demonstration of responsibility and accountability produces far greater results.
- Authoritative leadership style and control to drive initiatives usually produce sub par results
- Inspiring colleagues to a common goal produces sustainable results
- Factors to develop sustainable influence over long periods
Balaji Iyer is a technology executive with 25+ years of experience. He is currently at Amazon, playing an engineering leadership role. He has held several leadership positions in engineering and product management at Harman, Comverse, and Polycom. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Kellogg School of Management and an M.S in computer science from Louisiana State University. He started practicing Heartfulness meditation in 1994 while studying at LSU. He has regularly conducted several corporate wellness and coaching programs at many multinational corporations.
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in being effective influencers among peers.