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Influence & Integrity the Essence of Leadership Series: Influence

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"You don't always have to be a leader to be an influencer, but you have to be an influencer to be a leader."

The Seamless Connection: Influence and Integrity


In the world of education, influence and integrity are inseparable companions. These two concepts dance hand in hand, shaping the tapestry of effective leadership. How do we navigate this intricate dance? Join me on this journey as we explore the nuances of influence and its pivotal role in leadership.


Strategic Influence: A Key Tenet of Leadership

Drawing from my experiences as an international speaker, former educator and administrator, the essence of influence lies in strategic intent. It's not just about being yourself or having a natural flair. No, my friends, it's about being purposeful in your influence. Whether you're addressing a room full of educators, administrators, or students, you must meticulously craft your message to incite action. Gang, you know me.  I start with humor to connect with the audience for all of my speaking engagements and trainings. 

In leadership, influence reigns supreme. It's the force that propels ideas into motion that guides individuals toward a collective goal. And make no mistake – influence is not about coercion; it's about inspiring action through a well-orchestrated symphony of communication, connection, and consistency.

The Three Dimensions of Influence

  1. Communication: The Maestro's Baton

Effective communication is the linchpin of influence. Whether you're an educator addressing a classroom or an administrator shaping school policies, the clarity and precision of your communication determine the resonance of your influence. It's not just about delivering a message; it's about ensuring it's heard, understood, and embraced. Your audience will thank you for it.

  1. Connection: The Invisible Thread

Leadership is a collaborative effort. Connection forms the invisible thread that binds leaders with their teams and educators with their students. Building meaningful connections fosters trust and loyalty, amplifying the impact of your influence. Remember, it's not merely about holding a title; it's about forming bonds that transcend roles. Build those relationships!

  1. Consistency: The Bedrock of Trust

Consistency is the glue that fortifies influence. It's not a one-off performance but a repeated display of values, principles, and promises. As a leader, your consistency in upholding these standards reinforces trust and credibility. It's this reliability that transforms influence from a fleeting encounter to a lasting legacy.

Influence vs. Leadership: Unraveling the Conundrum

"You don't always have to be a leader to be an influencer, but you have to be an influencer to be a leader."

Authentic leadership isn't about wielding authority; it's about inspiring others to act to follow a shared vision. And at the heart of leadership lies influence.

Leadership without influence is an illusion. The ability to encourage, guide, and inspire defines a true leader. So, whether you're a seasoned administrator or a classroom teacher, recognize the potency of your influence in shaping the narrative of progress.


Overcoming Reluctance: The Power of Over-Communication

Only some people are receptive to influence from the get-go. When dealing with reluctant individuals, the answer lies in overcommunication. Especially for new leaders stepping into uncharted territories, overcommunication is your ally. It's about sharing your decisions, rationale, and even uncertainties, fostering a transparent environment.

In the classroom, in administration, or in any leadership role, embrace the art of overcommunication. Send emails, leave post-it notes, and engage in conversations that transcend the boundaries of formal meetings. Let your actions and words become a tapestry of transparency and openness.

As we wrap up this exploration into the realm of influence, I leave you with a simple yet profound message.  Be strategic, communicate clearly, forge connections, and remain consistent in your principles. Let your influence be the catalyst for positive change, leaving an indelible mark on those you lead. Whether you're an educator, an administrator, or a leader within your family, Stand Tall in your influence. Stay influential, my friends!


Within Our Ranks: Nurturing the Speakers of Tomorrow

Within Our Ranks is not just training; it's a transformative experience for educators who aspire to speak professionally. Within Our Ranks is your gateway if you've been harboring thoughts about sharing your expertise but need more know-how.

Join me in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 19-21, 2024. This training is specifically tailored for educators with at least ten years of experience. Whether you're a classroom teacher or an administrator, this weekend promises to unravel the secrets of impactful public speaking. Head over to, connect with me, and let's embark on this journey together.


Megan is a third-grade teacher, co-founder of IntegratED, educational speaker, and a Within Our Ranks success story. (More on that to come.) She works to innovate classrooms to bring experiences for students to learn and grow authentically with hands-on experiences. This powerhouse team of educational speakers connected at a conference. 

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