Influence: The Secrets to Ignite Your Team

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Quick Summary

Leadership isn’t about being the loudest or a fancy title. It comes from being willing to take a stand, to make the tough decisions, to help others be their best. Every student has the potential to be a leader of influence by developing three important habits.

Presentation Outline

Using examples from my own experience as well as relevant case studies I explain that to be an effective leader, one with influence, you must develop three habits:

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1. The habit of Taking Bold Action. Influence isn’t created by those who sit on the sidelines, waiting until they have absolute certainty to act. Nor do leaders ask others to do what they are unwilling to do themselves. Go first. Lead by example. Develop this habit and don’t let fear hold you back.

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 2. The habit of Everyday Integrity. Integrity is the bedrock of real leadership. But integrity is not about big actions. It’s about the little decisions made every single day. It’s living a life based on values and vision that draws people and moves them to action. Integrity ultimately determines the quality of a person’s impact – and their legacy.

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3. The habit of Connected Impact. Impact is what separates real leaders from posers. That impact is only created through connections. Leaders develop the habit of reaching out, connecting and interacting with those around them. Looking for ways to add value. Looking for ways to make an impact.

Before leaving, the audience will create their own personal implementation plan to help them create these habits in their life. I conclude with an inspirational challenge. Stop wasting your impact. Decide to become the leader you always wanted to follow.

Target Audience

Student leaders and organizations who want to focus on becoming and developing strong, effective, influential leaders. I have spoken on this topic to a wide array of audiences—university student organizations, Greek life, high school student organizations, freshman orientations, CTSO state officers, student organization advisors, and continuing education students.

Possible Formats

This presentation can be delivered as a keynote or workshop, ranging from 30–60 minutes long, depending on your needs. The ideal keynote length is 45 minutes. It can be expanded to a half-day retreat session.

Intended Outcomes

  • Audience members will be inspired to become better leaders, taking their knowledge, skills, and character to the next level.
  • Audience members will understand the three habits that they can use to create influence within their team and organization members, and why each of these habits are essential to be an effective leader.
  • Audience members will leave with practical, actionable steps they can implement immediately.

Topic Authority

  • I led an 18,000 member student organization serving two years as a student officer. I’ve served as a student leader for numerous organizations giving me first hand knowledge to the challenges student leaders face.
  • Over the last five years, I have been worked with hundreds of leadership teams on how they can improve their influence with their organization and leave a lasting legacy.
  • I have also spent over a hundred hours interviewing and compiling advice from influential leaders.

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