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Influencing: Making Your Voice Heard

Getting your voice heard by your colleagues or senior management at the workplace is vital for anyone. If you are a leader then this becomes more significant. If your team does not listen to you then it can easily be interpreted as them not respecting you. But what are the ways of influencing workers to get your voice heard? Then look no further as you have come to the right place! Because we have some of the easiest ways that you can do that.

Build Trust

A very crucial point to keep in mind while influencing workers to get your voice heard is to build trust among them. If they do not trust you then they will not open up to you. Talk to them about their problems, admit when you are wrong, and the main thing is to be human. Open up to your team, not in a personal way but build connections and relations with them. If they trust you, there is a better chance they will hear you when you want them to.

Be Flexible

Being a flexible leader for your team comes really handy. Be open to new ideas from your team. Do not be so fixed on your ideas that whenever someone else tries to pitch in ideas you get offended. Listen to everyone’s ideas and appreciate them so that they feel heard and be a part of the team. If they feel like their voice is getting heard they are more likely to follow you and listen to you.

Encourage Others

Another important way to influence workers is to encourage them. Give them rewards for their good work. Appreciate them on new techniques in achieving tasks. Encourage your co-workers not only in private but also in public so they feel that they are an important part of the team. This is a known fact that whenever someone is appreciated for their work, they do even better next time.

Lead by Example

This is perhaps the utmost key factor for getting your voice heard. If you are not a leader that they look up for work ethic, then all other efforts in influencing them are a waste. If your work ethic is not impressive and influential then your team will not follow your lead. Work hard at your role so that your team can know that you are a leader worth following or admiring.

Do not be aggressive

There is a big difference between being assertive and being aggressive to your team members. Do not continuously nag them for their work. Invest in them when needed. If they are wrong then tell them in a way, they do not feel criticized. Assert your orders in a way so they are compelled to finish tasks on time. Constant nagging can lead to them feeling irritated. This can be a hurdle for influencing workers to get your voice heard.

These were some of the ways of influencing workers to get your voice heard. We hope that you liked it. Think we missed something? Let us know what your thoughts are.


Written by: Girish Rohra Chawla

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