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Understanding the influence at various levels - Upward, Downward, Sideward and Outward

Have you comprehended the political dynamics within your team and among stakeholders 🤔?

Does this sound interesting? 🌐 Yes, your team and each stakeholder have some influential power in the organization, and knowing this is crucial for your success and growth. 🚀 This knowledge also helps you identify important influencers, build relationships, and communicate effectively to achieve project goals.

Moreover, mastering organizational politics is essential to address challenges such as gaining support from others, negotiating topics, and defining project outcomes.

Let's explore the different types of influence at various levels:

🔼 Upward Influence: Persuading those higher up in the organization to support a specific decision or course of action is known as upward influence. This involves effective communication, relationship-building, and presenting compelling arguments.

Do you possess this power, how well do you connect with your boss ❔

🔽 Downward Influence: When superiors influence their subordinates, it's called downward influence. This includes setting expectations, providing guidance, and aligning goals with the organization's overall strategy.

Do you possess this power, are you actively supporting your subordinates for their development and growth ❔

↔️ Sideward Influence: Influencing peers or colleagues is referred to as sideward influence. This involves building relationships, sharing information, and collaborating to achieve common goals.

Do you possess this power, what are your colleagues saying about you ❔

🔄 Outward Influence: External stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, regulators, and other organizations, can influence the organization's decision-making. This external influence is very important to consider.

Do you possess this power, how satisfied are your customers and suppliers ❔

Time to reflect and make changes. 🤔

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