Power is different to influence


Power is different to influence. In this episode Judith Germain speaks to Dr Karuna Ramanathan about when a leader’s ambition hides as vision and how power is different to influence. We  discuss the challenges of large-scale change programs, including the importance of aligning the organisation’s vision and the need for a collective consensus.

Karuna shares his experience as a change consultant and highlighted the difficulty of shifting organisational culture, emphasising the importance of a strategy to guide the cultural transformation.

They discuss the possibility of a culture shift within organisations and the challenges faced during large-scale change programs. They also highlight the importance of collective will, new skills, and leadership development in navigating complex change initiatives.

Karuna and Judith discuss the importance of developing adaptive team leaders and the need for organisations to shift from job-focused to role-focused approaches. They also highlight the distinction between power and influence, emphasising the significance of influence skills in driving transformation and change.

In this conversation Judith and Karuna discuss the importance of influence in leadership and the difference between power and influence. They emphasise that influence is often underestimated and requires effort to develop, whilst power can be easily taken away.

Dr Karuna Ramanathan has been empowering senior leaders to transform their organisations with a focus on people and culture. He received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award in 2021.

Maverick leadership is all about thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo. It’s about having the courage to take risks and the confidence to lead in a way that is authentic and genuine.

But amplifying your influence as a leader isn’t just about having a strong vision or a big personality. It’s also about having the right leadership capability and being able to execute on your ideas and plans.

The consequences of not having the right level of influence as a leader can be significant. Without the ability to inspire and motivate others, you may struggle to achieve your goals and make a real impact.

How Influential Are you? Take the scorecard at amplifyyourinfluence.scoreapp.com and see. 

Dr Karuna Ramanathan can be found on LinkedIn here. His website can be found here.

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