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Influence with Meridith Elliott Powell

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In this engaging conversation, Chris Comeaux and Meridith Elliott Powell delve into the impactful nature of influence and its pivotal role in leadership.  They dissect the essence of influence, illustrating how it can empower individuals to lead, inspire, and connect with others even in the absence of formal authority.


They emphasize the importance of collaborative efforts and leveraging influence for the greater good, rather than personal gain.  Delving into the complexities of leading with altruism, they explore how age and experience can mold one's outlook on the power of influence.  Their dialogue illuminates the profound transformative potential of influence in leadership.

Key Takeaways

  • Influence is one of the most important skills a leader can have, allowing them to lead, impact, and engage people without having authority.
  • Leaders should use their influence to further a greater cause and bring about positive change.
  • Collaboration is essential in leadership, as it is the fastest path to achieving goals and making a difference.
  • Leading selflessly, without personal gain in mind, can have a profound impact on both the leader and those they lead.
  • As leaders evolve and gain experience, their perspective on influence may change, leading to a greater focus on the greater good.  Leaders should help their team members understand that taking on a new role or job can be challenging and uncomfortable, but it is part of the growth process.
  • Normalizing feelings of incompetence can make it easier for individuals to navigate challenging times.
  • Listening to team members and validating their experiences is crucial for building trust and connection.
  • Leaders should focus on what they can control and take action to address their concerns.


Join us, this is a great listen.



Meridith Elliott Powell, TCNtalks guest

Meridith Elliott Powell
Business Growth strategist and award-winning
author, and a hall of fame speaker


Chris Comeaux

Chris Comeaux
MLAS, CPA; President/CEO of Teleios Collaborative Network
and Teleios Consulting Group

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Success is not logical. Success belongs to the leader who can control what is focused on.  Meridith Elliott Powell


Collaboration, not competition, moves an organization or a cause forward. - Meridith Elliott Powell


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