My favorite of America’s Founding Fathers is Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury.
His is a great story of talent, action and perseverance overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.
An orphan at age of 11, his assertiveness showed talents other’s in his West Indies homeland recognized. They elected to sponsor his education in America.
Hamilton’s aspirations caused him to take directed action and get things done. His ability to get things done built a reputation others could trust.
It’s that trust he was able to leverage that led to his appointment as George Washington’s Chief of Staff during the Revolutionary War.
When it comes to leadership and leadership communication trust is vital.
Washington’s level of trust in Hamilton was such that Washington permitted Hamilton to first draft orders and letters for him, and then, actually allowed Hamilton to issue orders under his own signature as if they were coming from Washington.
This is the ultimate level of trust when it comes to leadership and influence.
I define trust this way, “the absolute belief that you have my (or our organization’s) best interests at heart, and that you are going to do what you say you are going to do.”
If you build a reputation in those two key contexts, you will gain high levels of trust with those at all levels in your sphere of influence.
As with Hamilton, those high-levels of trust will then allow you to influence those up, down and all around.
If you’d like to work on your ability to influence those around you and be more influential in the contexts of your job you need it most, you’re going to want to join me next month (Oct. 2013) for Communicate to Influence, Up, Down and All Around 2.0 a tele-class training series.
You can learn more at www.CommunicationPowerForLeaders.com/influence
‘til next time, make it a great week!