Source | LinkedIn : BY Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy
There are many cases where you need to apply leadership without authority. You come to a new job or start a new project. You get into a group of peers. On a weekend volunteer project. The problems are always the same. How to win disposition of a person or even a group.
Truth is the solution is simple. You don’t need to apply any complicated tricks or analyze personalities.What we are going to discuss today applies to any situation when you need to lead without authority.
There is one important thing to keep in mind.
At work, you rarely start with no authority at all. Your position and the job title give you some amount of power by default. But it works strictly in the areas of your expertise.
So, if you are a project manager assigned to a software development project you are an authority on project management. Don’t try to take up leadership over the group of developers at once. Start from the areas you are familiar with.
So, here are five tactics you should always apply.
1. Never Ignore the Power of Handshakes
Studies show that physical contact like a handshake helps build a connection with a person. Moreover, it makes them happy on a biological level. We trust and like people with a firm handshake.
“We found that it not only increases the positive effect toward a favorable interaction, but it also diminishes the impact of a negative impression.” – Dr. Sanda Dolcos
So, the trick is simple.
In the morning make a quick round around the office and shake a hand with your team members.
But there is a catch.
It might be frustrating if you do this midday when everyone is busy. It works better in the morning before people get to the first pressing task. If you are coming late, keep it to the moment when you can talk personally. Don’t ignore the power of the first meeting. Welcome a person and shake his hand even midday.