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.
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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