In a poem entitled “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson, a wealthy gentleman goes into the town where the residents recognize him and look admiringly at how the gentleman carries himself. As they do so, they remark that he is “…always human when he talked.” Indeed, Richard Cory is a person who exerts an influence upon the townspeople and today I’d like to discuss what makes him (and all influential people) different.

Influential people understand that being “always human” when they talk and act is an essential trait of a leader.

Consistency of temperament is an essential trait in a leader that allows other people not to be worried about the leader’s reaction if they share their ideas. For not knowing what to expect from a person shuts down the flow of communication since it creates confusion. As well as making others feel comfortable, a stable leader also fosters confidence in his or her leadership.

Influential people are organized, decisive and always moving forward.

Leaders are decisive and are not afraid of taking risks. They act with deliberation and are capable of removing stumbling blocks to their goals. Always confident, too, they have organized and well-planned daily routines. They ponder before they speak. These strategic thinkers who are then confident in their ideas can act quickly.

Influential people have integrity and are authentic in their actions and dealings.

Leaders realize that having a good reputation is the basis of their ability to direct and affect others, so they strive to maintain their credibility and integrity in both word and action. Sincerity is one of the most attractive leadership qualities since it tends to be a hard to come by attribute. Prove yourself to be reliable and loyal and you will stand out from the masses.

Influential people are not only very self-aware but they also know how to build upon their strengths, and they are concerned with the aspects they need to improve or to change.

Because they are humble and objective, leaders seek advice from others who have strengths that they desire. For instance,they are willing to change their business strategies on the expert advice of others. By doing so, they better themselves and, consequently, strengthen their leadership qualities.

Influential people persevere in the attainment of their goals.

Leaders take advantage of opportunities for success. If, for instance, there is new technology that will further their company’s success, they will obtain it. Successful leaders adapt and make changes to compete with like companies based on market feedback. Leaders achieve success with these changes by being versatile and by working with forward-looking employees who offer sound advice so that the business will grow.