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Three Ways to Boost Your Influence With Social Capital

Remember to lead with integrity and honesty

Our network of relationships depends a lot on whether we have influence. I hear these comments from professionals all the time:

  • “This is a relationship culture, but it’s hard to break in.”
  • “As a talent development professional, people in other parts of the business don’t really think of me as a partner. Our relationships are merely transactional.”
  • “If you don’t have the title, influence is hard to come by in this environment.”

And because we’ve been forced to nurture our relationships at a distance because of the pandemic, it takes more work than ever before to build influence with people you don’t necessarily see every day or have authority over.

In today's increasingly confounding workplaces, you need to be honest and ask yourself, "Am I nurturing relationships in a way that builds credible influence?"

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