I am deeply humbled and genuinely surprised to share some exciting news with you all. Recently, I received the unexpected honour of being named one of the Top 100 Influential People in the United Kingdom. It’s an accolade that brings both joy and reflection, and it’s a journey I never anticipated.
While it is an absolute honour to make the list, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognise the responsibility that accompanies the opportunity to influence. With the power to sway public opinion comes a requirement of mindfulness and intention – to do my due diligence and fully understand what it means to be influential.
As I take a moment to absorb this recognition, I find myself thinking about the principles of influence and connection, which I’ve always held dear. It brings to mind the valuable lessons I’ve learned from Genie Z Laborde’s book, “Influencing with Integrity.” This book emphasises the importance of authentic communication, building rapport, and making a positive impact on others’ lives. It’s a reminder that influence should be a product of genuine connection and a desire to uplift those around us.
In addition to the wisdom of Laborde’s book, I’ve also delved into the fascinating world of psychological models related to influence. These models have provided insights into the power of language, communication, and understanding the perspectives of others. But what stands out is that these models align with my core belief in the value of authentic relationships.
When we use the tools at our disposal to find deeper human connections, we can have an impact on those around us. When we take the time to get to know others and share a smile, we can help improve the lives of others while simultaneously bettering ourselves.
“The Key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard
Throughout my journey, I’ve never set out to create influence for its own sake. Instead, I’ve always valued the connections I’ve made and the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives. True influence, in my view, emerges naturally from these connections, as a by-product of trust and mutual respect.
Being recognised as one of the Top 100 Influential People in the UK is a reminder that when we focus on authentic relationships and genuinely improving the lives of those around us, influence can follow naturally. It’s a testament to the power of connection, empathy, and integrity.
I want to take this moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have been a part of this journey, those who have shared their insights with me, and those whose lives I’ve had the privilege to touch. Together, we’ve created a ripple effect of positive change, and I look forward to continuing this meaningful journey of connection and influence in the days ahead.
To honour this honour I am putting forth a challenge to you all. Find ways that you can influence others for the better. Where can you bring joy to others? How can you use your skills to comfort someone in need? When can you provide the support that others need to be successful? John Wesley said it best when he said,
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
Go out and do good, build genuine connections, and influence with integrity.
You cannot be influential without an audience that gives you the greatest gift of all, their attention. Thank you for being a part of this remarkable journey with me. I couldn’t have done it without you.
“A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops.” – Henry Adams