LaSonya Berry, chief executive officer of McPherson Berry, an HR consulting service company, describes leadership as a journey, a process, which has four key quadrants: idealized influence, inspirational influence, intellectual stimulation and individual consideration.
concurs with Mills-Brinkley and said the quickest way to influence people is to build trust.
"'Because without trust, do you think you're going to have any followers?
added that managers must know their people well enough to understand what motivates them.
"The mistake leaders make is assuming that everybody is influenced by money.
As the manager, as the leader, part of your responsibility is to get to know your people on an individual basis to find out what makes them tick, what are their career aspirations," said Berry
suggests analyzing the attributes that individual employees bring to the workplace.
"What do they bring to your team?
If you are a good leader, you are assessing your employees, your teams, your cross-functional teams, and you're trying to figure out who has what skill," she
also stressed the importance of creating a personal vision statement, leading by example, collaboration and coaching others.
Focusing on the success of employees is also crucial.
"What is it going to take for them to be successful," asked Berry
"You will quickly gain their trust and their influence if they know that you're concerned about what them and them being successful.
also cautioned women leaders to learn from male counterparts and be more circumspect in the sharing of personal information.
"How much do you really know about the men in your organization?
"People don't keep their mouths shut at work," said Berry
said turning to the right people is crucial.
"I don't know how many times I've called peers outside of where I work to give me advice, so that I could tell them how I really feel, so I wouldn't have to worry about things staying confidential," she
said "'Because they had no stake in the game where I worked."