My blogs are generally about leading the next generation well. I include research on Generation iY, stories, and ideas, and I try to share a timeless leadership principle on a regular basis. I’d like to share a valuable leadership principle today.
I spoke to a young staff member at a school who desperately wanted to be taken seriously by his team. He was still in his twenties and felt everyone was assuming he was too young to be listened to and that he had to “pay his dues” before he had any authority. Quite frankly, this young professional felt he had no influence.
May I share with you what I shared with him? One sure way to deepen your influence is to provide something no one else is providing. Something valuable that is rare, that even experienced colleagues cannot or will not share.
The principle is this: influence rises based upon providing the scarcest resource.
When something is scarce, it becomes more valuable. Think about it. Gold. Oil. Diamonds. Great service. A listening ear. You get the picture.
Influence is within the reach of everyone one of us—but we must determine what value we add to others that is rare. If we furnish what is scarce, our value and influence goes up. It’s that simple.
What do you possess that is scarce?