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December 27, 2018

More Than a Title: Lead from Where You Are

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Shana Campbell, EDUCAUSE Review

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) identifies skills needed to lead from the middle. Influence, communication, and thinking and acting systematically are three of these qualities that can be cultivated by anyone within an organization, no matter their title or position within the hierarchy. Influence as outlined by CCL encompasses cooperation and collaboration to accomplish a shared goal. At the core of influence is the ability to connect with people—simply put, relationships. Building on the relational aspect is the ability to be reliable in addition to delivering results. These characteristics can best be summed up as “taking action.” So, foundationally, influence is the ability to connect with others, take action, and achieve shared outcomes. In his book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You, leadership expert John Maxell states, “The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The great the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be.”

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