Tuesday 13 April 2021
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The Power Of Influence: A Common Challenge To Most Entrepreneurs

The Power Of Influence: A Common Challenge To Most Entrepreneurs


Holding on to employees is a common challenge to most entrepreneurs. We often turn to money should employees continue to walk out, often, when we think they have grasped the company concept.

In my years of training employees, this money idea is often not true. I have realized that solutions to a high stuff turn-over, can best be found if we turn our eyes back to the old day.

History tells us the great French leader and army general Napoleon Bonaparte was adored and fiercely supported by his soldiers to a point that they would request to go the very front for his cause. Dying for Napoleon was considered a great honour.

This leads to several questions which include: How is any man or women able to `hypnotize` people to such an extent? Is this power something you are born with or is it acquired? Can any human being have this sort of influence? I am convinced that this power of influence is available to anyone…if only you decide to pursue it.

It will depend on your ability to answer this one question that potential followers ask consciously or subconsciously, “what are you going to do selflessly that benefits me and/or for those I love?” To answer this question below are 5 ways that will help you.

  • Learn to listen and understand people. This is one of the most difficult things anyone, particularly those in leadership must learn to do well. Everyone wants to be listened to and if you do it genuinely and then show that you understand those you are communicating with, you will open the gateway to being loved and respected.
  • Serve people. What this means is that do people favours without expecting anything in return. Word will soon go round that you are a generous person and people like helping and supporting people who are generous.
  • Inspire people. When you talk to people tell them of their strengths and how you admire that about them. But also tell them they can do so much more. This will always be true because all of us can do so much more if we focus and commit to doing much more.
  • Stand up for people when everyone else is against them. When they have failed to do something and everyone is condemning them, take responsibility for their action. Nothing will guarantee your life long loyalty like these two actions.
  • Know the people you lead by name. Again, this was Napoleon`s greatest strengths. Not only did he know many of his soldiers by name but he also knew something about their families. Nothing makes a follower feel more special than when they feel they have a good relationship with their leader.

Many great men and women who have had great influence and power have lost it and fallen from grace. This is because they have lost one key element. Humility. It is so easy to become proud and arrogant because people are in awe of you. This leads to you believing that you are greater than you really are and that people depend on you. Remember it takes a long time to build a great reputation and character but only a few minutes to destroy it all.

So, no matter what pedestal people put you on, to become an icon like Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln or Mother Teresa keep your feet on the ground. History will forgive your shortcomings and you will always be remembered as one of the greats of our time.



Stirling Gapara was born and raised in Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe, he worked for Universal Leaf Tobacco, a leading international tobacco company where he rose to the position of Sales Leader. In 2007 Stirling moved to Uganda to work for another international tobacco firm, Leaf Tobacco and Commodities. There he held the position of GLT Operations Manager until 2014. After leaving Leaf Tobacco, Stirling founded Stirling Leadership Consults where he is the Managing Director. Stirling has always had a passion for leadership. He has held several leadership positions in both the corporate and non- corporate sectors. Currently, he sits on the board of Acacia International School in Kampala and is also President of the Parents Council. He is the vice president of Kampala Toastmasters. He also sits on the alumni board for the Institute for National Transformation. Stirling is a member of the John Maxwell Team. He is an avid reader, a keen sports fan and a keep fit enthusiast. He is married to Vimbai and together they have 3 children.