Being an influencer means you've discovered how to impact others. It means you help lead people to new frontiers, shape their way of thinking, and foster meaningful change in their lives.

There are many books, articles and that will tell you what a influencer is and what they do. Some are genuinely helpful, but the art of influencing others to truly make a deeper connection and more powerful impact is really not so complicated.

At its essence, being an influencer involves five core qualities:

Inspiring others to be more.
Going out of your way to help others succeed.
Refusing to keep score.
Connecting people.
Bringing value.
Earning trust and respect.
Celebrating diversity and inclusion.

Begin embracing these challenges today, and you will have already begun building your legacy as an influencer.

Published on: Jun 17, 2016
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