The Art of Quiet Influence: Timeless Wisdom for Leading without Authority

The Art of Quiet Influence: Timeless Wisdom for Leading without Authority

by Jocelyn Davis


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Anyone can be a quiet influencer. But not everyone knows how.

"A tremendous and relevant read!" -Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust

Drawing on the enduring wisdom of the Buddha, Confucius, Rumi, Gandhi and others, The Art of Quiet Influence shows anyone, not just bosses, how to use influence without authority, a key mindfulness principle, to get things done at work and in life. Through the classic wisdom of 12 Eastern sages, relevant insights from influence research, and anecdotes and advice from 25 contemporary experts, Davis lays out a path for becoming a "mainspring," the unobtrusive yet powerful influencer first introduced in her book The Greats on Leadership.

Organized around three core influence practices - Invite Participation, Share Power, and Aid Progress - readers will learn how to take mindfulness practice "out of the gym and onto the field," while gaining the confidence and practical know-how to be influential in whatever role they occupy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473687646
Publisher: Mobius
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 493,558
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jocelyn Davis is an author, speaker and consultant with 25 years' experience in the leadership development industry. Before founding her company, Seven Learning, she was Executive Vice President, R&D for The Forum Corporation (now AchieveForum), a global consultancy that builds leadership effectiveness in the Fortune 1000. Jocelyn's The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers was praised by SUCCESS Magazine, and 800-CEO-Read named it their Editor's Choice in May 2016. Jocelyn grew up in a foreign-service family and has lived in many regions of the world, including Southeast Asia, East Africa, the Caribbean, and the UK. She now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Overview: Influence without Authority 1

Quiet Influence Practices and Pitfalls 19

Prologue: Twelve Sages 21

Sages at a Glance 28

Pronunciation Guide 30

Part I Participation

1 Be Humane - Confucius 33

2 Applaud Anguish - the Yoga Vasistha 51

3 Create Delight - Zhuangzi 68

4 Practice Patience - Rumi 85

Part II Power

5 Walk with the Devil - the Mahabharata 103

6 Follow the Leaders - Sima Qian 121

7 Fight Softly - Murasaki Shikibu 139

8 Rule Yourself - Mahatma Gandhi 157

Part III Progress

9 Establish Mindfulness - Gautama Buddha 175

10 Tend the Soil - Mencius 191

11 Be Present - Zen Master Dogen 206

12 Leave Well - Ibn Tufayl 221

Epilogue: The Thirteenth Sage 235


A Quiet Influence Tactics 239

B Q&A 247

Acknowledgments 253

Endnotes 255

Index 261

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