Allison Beadle, MS, RD, LD
Editor, RDBA Weekly
What is influence?
Webster’s dictionary defines influence as “the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command” also “the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways.”
Whether you realize it or not, influencing others is part of your job. It’s critically important to driving support for initiatives, inspiring others to work hard, or persuading others to get on board with your point of view. The question is, are you a good influencer?
This is something we don’t often think about, but being an effective influencer is critical to your short and long term success. And believe me, influencing is an art. It’s not something you learn overnight. There’s no formula. In fact, there are as many ways to influence as there are individuals.
Here are four key attributes that determine your ability to effectively influence others:
For retail dietitians, it’s very important that you give considerable thought to your ability to influence others. It’s an art to that must be taken seriously and a skill that must be honed over time. In the long run, you’ll appreciate the returns for having invested the time and energy to become a better influencer—you’ll have more cohesive teams, more impactful initiatives, and ultimately, a more successful career.