The Ultimate List of Strategies, Tactics, and Tools of Influence
“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”
Leonard Da Vinci
Essence of Influence: a Polymath with wildly diverse talents, Leonardo Da Vinci was a brilliant, innovative and revolutionary thinker, and the quintessential archetype of the Renaissance Man
Key Strengths: Relentless, unquenchable curiosity. Diverse thinker. Self-confidence. Self-acceptance.
Key Weaknesses: Procrastinator. Lack of follow through.
Cultivate Concentrated Curiosity
In contrast to authoritarian leaders who seek submission and control, those leaders who value progress, innovation, and creativity, and who understand the powerful benefits of unfettered, inquiring minds, will actively work to cultivate curiosity and create space for it to take root and bear fruit.
It is in our nature as humans to be curious about the world. Since the beginning of human history, curiosity has been a dominant driving force in the development of civilization. Curiosity has driven us to the highest peak of Mount Everest and the lowest depth of the Mariana Trench. Curiosity drives us to explore the oceans and the deserts, the jungles and the plains. It compels us to dig into the past, land on the moon, explore the surface of Mars, and unravel the complexity of the brain.
Essence of Influence: Courage, initiative, vision.
Key Strengths: Intelligence, Will Power, Courage, Grit, Herculean Appetite for Work.
Key Weaknesses: Perhaps a tad bit self-absorbed.
Seize the Initiative
Initiative is unusually rare. And, as result, it is exceptionally valuable and abundantly rewarded.
“Most people recognize that initiative is beneficial,” writes John Maxwell, “yet they still frequently underestimate its true value.” The greatest rewards come not in the form of medals and ribbons, however. The greatest value of seizing the initiative comes in the form of results. In fact, Stephen Covey writes in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “The difference between people who exercise initiative and those who don’t is literally the difference between night and day. I’m not talking about a 25 to 50 percent difference in effectiveness; I’m talking about a 5,000-plus percent difference, particularly if they are smart, aware, and sensitive to others” (pg. 84).