Positive Influence – The Leader Who Helps People Become Their Best Self

REVIEW OF BOOK AUTHORED by Michael P. Parker and Glenn M. Parker

A Hand Up! That’s how I define a positive influence. It’s easier to be pulled down than lifted up, but leaders who influence others to excel, who support, inspire, mentor, and guide people toward becoming the best version of themselves, that is a Positive Influence Leader. They offer a hand up to those who are receptive to learning and excellence. This book will help you become an effective leader who is supportive and models positive influence.

The authors, Michael Parker and Glenn Parker base their premise on the four leadership types. Whether Supportive, Teacher, Motivating or Role Model Leader each type has characteristics with a variety of strengths in the area of positive influence.

Leaders don’t have just one of the leadership types, but rather have a combination of traits common to two of three of the leadership types. Readers learn how to determine the leadership style they lean toward, tips for adjusting how their leadership style to capitalize on strengths, and minimize areas where they need to improve.

If you are a leader who wants to see professional growth in your teams, this book can help you devise a strategy and develop a plan to assess your unique environment and break down the complexities into manageable processes.

Leaders are influencers. How much better our corporations would be if their influences were positive.  To sum up this book, I thought these actions to be key for the most powerful change agent of the book. While they are stated in the chapter on crisis management, it seems like they should be common to all positive influence leaders.

  1. Be open and authentic
  2. Be clear and specific
  3. Ask questions. Listen some more and, Respond
  4. Walk the talk
  5. Conduct an after-action review

Regardless of which of the four leadership types you gravitate toward, your teams and organizations will benefit from your practice of the Positive Influence Leadership Style.

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Jane Anderson
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JANE’s professional experience is scattered across industries from financial services and insurance to engineering and manufacturing. Jane sees her background in writing and editing website content as the foundation to her current love of social media. Being an avid reader, meticulous note taker and lifelong learner has fostered her natural pursuit of sharing her world through writing. Reading books and summarizing content started as a hobby and has since grown to be a major part of her vocational experience. Jane says, “Authors pour their heart and soul into writing their book. When I write a review, it’s with intent to celebrate the book and promote the author.” Jane claims to be 'the best follower you'll ever want to meet' and has been repeatedly called servant leader, eternal cheerleader, social media evangelist, and inspirational go-to person. Jane is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.