Too many people have way too high an opinion of their skillset. I hear this complaint from Human Resources, management, team leaders in and customers of corporations and small businesses.
In my spouse’s practice, he often interviews people who think they are top-notch and he’d be lucky to have him or her. And maybe they are good technicians. But, even in the interview, it’s obvious s/he isn’t good at interpersonal communications (a huge part of his business).
Here are the first three steps to being a great influencer:
- Build a track record of quality, dependability and reliability
- Add people skills to your portfolio
- Be comfortable standing up for yourself
Those are the foundations. No one wants to promote people who are screw-ups, are difficult to get along with, or are doormats.