3 types of influence exist, direct, indirect and reciprocal. All three can be seen in the work of school leaders, be they head teachers, deputies, assistant heads or middle leaders. Sometimes this influence can be negative rather than a positive as how each act of influence occurs varies.
It’s important to know that as a leader, you can have influence but mostly by working indirectly with and through others. Sometimes influence occurs when you are not even purposefully creating it so leading by example is very important in our roles as leaders.
Have you ever felt influenced by others? Or by the actions of someone you work with? either directly or indirectly? I think I often am influenced and have to call on my inner source, beliefs and values to check that the outcomes of the influence are aligned and will have a desired positive effect.
Once verified, it leads to a feeling of collaboration through shared influences.