Evaluate Your Influence

Learn how to leverage your power to influence and improve situations, regardless of your position or level of authority.

An organization’s true leaders are the individuals who leverage their influence to make things happen and cultivate change. To be the most successful, you must learn how to manage through influence — not power, authority or title. To give yourself a head start, become a master reader. Check out the many articles on leadership skills offered on this site and learn to cultivate and use your influence for positive results.

Leadership coaches will tell you that you do not need authority or power to have influence. And that’s true. But executive coach Joel Garfinkle takes this one step further by sharing 10 actions that can help you develop influence so that the authority and power follow:

  1. Get things done
  2. Become a go-to person
  3. Build strong alliances
  4. Gain buy-in for your ideas
  5. Leverage your allies
  6. Sway decisions
  7. Cause others to rely on uou
  8. Lead up
  9. Gain results from others
  10. Attract the star employees

This assessment, designed by executive coach Joel Garfinkel, provides you with the top ten areas you must emphasize (or focus on) to be influential. As you go through each, notice which ones you are strong at and which ones you need to improve upon.

After submitting your responses, executive coach Joel Garfinkle will promptly review your level of influence readiness and respond with suggestions to help you exert your influence right now.


  • Rate yourself from 1 to 5 in the following categories:
    • If the left side closely describes you, select a lower number.
    • If the right side closely describes you, select a higher number.
    • If you fall in between 1 and 5, choose one of the middle numbers.
  • People know they can count on you to accomplish even the toughest assignments.
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  • Others seek you out for advice to accomplish the most essential tasks and to make important decisions.
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  • You're able to create alliances across all business units, thereby developing a wider base of support and cooperation.
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  • Your credibility and respect gets people to embrace your ideas and want to be a part of what you are doing.
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  • You have allies who support your ideas and help you accomplish the tasks that are deemed important.
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  • You sway decisions to your desired state because when you speak, people listen to what you have to say.
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  • People know they can depend on you to influence decisions and change outcomes for the better.
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  • You have established mutual respect with people above you who want to hear and seek out your opinions, ideas and insights.
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  • You are able to get others to take on activities that affect the organization and positively impact bottom line results.
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  • You know how to create a committed and excited workforce who are engaged in the projects or activities you are influencing.
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  • Submit this form to get a response with tips from Joel Garfinkle, one of the top personal leadership coaches in the nation. Joel will review your level of influence readiness and personally respond with suggestions to help you exert your influence right now.
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