Pulse November 2015 - Page 28

Learning THEPOWEROF Influence Moving Others to Act BY MAE MAÑACAP-JOHNSON Do you have the power to move others to act? When was the last time you were able to change another person’s opinion? The ability to influence is a powerful skill every good leader must learn. Without the power to influence, it would be impossible for leaders to build a team and inspire members to follow. “The power of influence is so important that it can actually reveal the difference between a manager and a leader,” says Tarik Acar, director of spa at Four Seasons Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. “The manager gives directions and orders, which creates benchmarks, but a leader inspires and influences to exceed the benchmarks.” 26 PULSE ■ November 2015