Look around your workplace, and you’ll see some people who seem to have a magic touch when dealing with others – and some who don’t, despite their more senior position. How do they influence others positively? What are they actually doing?

To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position.

If you are ambitious in your career and want to get a reputation as someone who can get things done easily that others find difficult, and can bring together different parts of an organization, then you need to improve your influencing skills.

So, what’s the best way to position yourself as a leader? How do you motivate colleagues to support your initiatives and adopt your ideas? How can you become a go-to person that others look to for guidance and expert advice?

The good news is that influencing skills can be taught as well as caught, here’s how: