100 Insightful Quotes on Influence

Have you ever stopped to wonder about your ability as a leader to influence people? How it can empower them, accelerate results. and ultimately ensure an easier working environment?

Influencing is about understanding yourself and the effect or impact you have on others. Influence has long been the key to successful leadership. Leaders need impactful influence to sell ideas, to motivate their teams, and to support and implement decisions.  Identifying personal triggers is important to truly master the art of influencing others effectively. This can help in adapting your style to make an impactful impression. Effective influence can enable you to get the desired outcome, with grace and ease.

But, how does a leader go about influencing others, without having to use authority?

Here are 100 collected thoughts on how influence can play a role in steering a conversation or a situation towards your desired outcome –

1. It is more important to influence people than to impress them.
– Adrian Rogers

2. I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations.
– Beatrix Potter

3. We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.
– Stephen King

4. One of the best ways to influence people is to make them feel important. Most people enjoy those rare moments when others make them feel important. It is one of the deepest human desires.
– Roy T. Bennett

5. Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
– Albert Schweitzer 

6. Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
– Napoleon Hill

7. If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person’s life in a positive light, and that’s what I want to do. That’s what it’s all about.
– Tiger Woods

8. Your minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you.
– Deepak Chopra

9. The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.
– Ken Blanchard

11. The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.
– Henry Drummond

12. People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.
– T. S. Eliot

13. If you were born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift. It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give – the ability to influence.
– Shannon L. Alder

14. The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.
– Salvador Dali

15. Nobody should be whipped. Remember that, once and for all. Neither man nor animal can be influenced by anything but suggestion.
– Mikhail Bulgakov

16. Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach.
– David McKay

17. A parent gives life, but as parent, gives no more. A murderer takes life, but his deed stops there. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
– Henry Adams

18. Evil influence is like a nicotine patch; you cannot help but absorb what sticks to you.
– E.A. Bucchianeri

19. Smiling, unknowingly influences how other people will respond to you.
– Liam Jackson

21. The past influences everything and dictates nothing.
– Adam Phillips

22. A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.
– Jackie Robinson

23. The ability to influence people without irritating them is the most profitable skill you can learn.
– Napoleon Hill, Selling You!

24. Don’t be a pepper on the eyes of people; Rather be the salt on their tongue and make a difference that influences their sense of belonging to the earth.
– Israelmore Ayivor

25. You don’t need to be a saint to benefit from Mother Teresa’s example. Her influence has led us to a higher standard of leadership, and we hope it will raise your own bar too.
– Ruma Bose

26. The real beginning of influence comes as others sense you are being influenced by them ― when they feel understood by you ― that you have listened deeply and sincerely, and that you are open.
– Stephen R. Covey

27. You don’t have to be a person of influence to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.
– Scott Adams

28. No matter how much you love the person, you cannot change them. You may influence them; but at the end of the day, they must decide for themselves.
– Robert E. Baines Jr.

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29. Some of the most important decisions I have made might well have never been made or might have been very different if it hadn’t been for the influence of the people in my life. We all need mentors.
– Tony Clark

31. A young child is a leader to an elderly person once his purpose has a faithful, sincere and trustworthy influence on people. Leadership is not restricted to position and age; it is self―made and influential. Everyone has this self―leadership quality.
– Israelmore Ayivor

32. Whether you flounder or flourish is always in your hands ― you are the single biggest influence in your life. Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out, and live fully.
– Oprah Winfrey

33. Whether we like it or not, the reality is that our decisions are influenced by a whole host of factors, many of which lay beyond our conscious awareness and control.
– Nathalie Nahai

34. Nothing has a greater influence over your life than your thoughts rather they are negative or positive.
– Tasha Hoggatt

35. The only way in which one human being can properly attempt to influence another is by encouraging him to think for himself, instead of endeavoring to instill ready―made opinions into his head.
– Leslie Stephen

36. Each of us should be aware of the energy we are putting out into the world. Are we a positive influence or a negative one
– Laurence Overmire

37. As an educator, I’ve seen the positive influence that fathers have on their children.
– Nicoline Ambe

38. Your expectation influences your disposition.
– Ekere Marshal

39. A woman of wisdom has so much influence. The wise learn from her, and they do not ignore her wisdom at all.
– Gift Gugu Mona

41. Real control is influencing someone to the point that he believes his choices are his own.
– G.R. Morris

42. Those sweet souls who speak kind words when they could rightly criticize are the most influential beings in all the world.
– Richelle E. Goodrich

43. As a person on planet Earth you are capable of influencing another with your journey.
– Rachel D. Greenwell

44. Influence does not require position.
– Richie Norton

45. Influencers are not leaders, but leaders are influencers.
– Richie Norton

46. The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.
– Henry Ward Beecher

47. A great verse can have a great influence on the soul of a language.
– Gaston Bachelard

48. He who influences the thought of his times, influences all the times that follow. He has made his impress on eternity.
– Hypatia

49. I prefer to cut the negative people out of my life. The people you spend time with influence your attitude and thoughts more than you think.
– Fuad Alakbarov

51. Leaders are influential because they live and inspire other people’s future.
– Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

52. If you try to influence everyone, you won’t influence anyone.
– Josh Steimle

53. We are more likely to influence people if we are willing to minster with kindness and patience to their needs.
– Richelle E. Goodrich

54. Without love, influence is merely transactional and lasts only as long as there is a clear, mutual benefit.
– Josh Steimle

55. The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.
– Deepak Chopra

56. Your influence on others is your net worth, treat it as such.
– Peprah Boasiako

57. Influence is no respecter of education or experience; it goes only with the one who will set aside his status ― be it high and mighty or low and lowly ― and put himself in the place of another.
– Dale Carnegie

58. A life without influence is a life without meaning.
– Josh Steimle

59. It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.
– Clint Eastwood

61. Never underestimate the Power of Influence!
– Benjamin Suulola

62. A person who causes you to react controls you. A person who compels you to think and consider doing differently influences you.
– Jeffrey Duarte

63. The most critical success factor for leaders is their ability to influence the right people, at the right time, about the right thing.
– Daren Martin

64. Don’t trade in your integrity for influence.
– Richie Norton

65. Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.
Steve Jobs 

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66. Family and impact come first, income and influence come second as a supporting role.
– Richie Norton

67. Knowledge is not power. You may know many things, but without influence you can’t do anything.
– Josh Steimle

68. Love, and specifically good will, is key to influence. Without it, you can do everything else right and still have no influence. With love, you can do everything else wrong and still make an impact.
– Josh Steimle

69. Your thoughts greatly influence how you feel and behave. In fact, your inner monologue has a tendency to become a self―fulfilling prophecy.
– Amy Morin

71. Restrain from someone because they are a bad influence and not because they are different from you.
– Don Santo

72. Leaders don’t care about followers; leaders care about something bigger than that. Leaders care about making an impact and difference in their community, Influencers almost never go on to be leaders, leaders always result in being influential.
– Mmanti Umoh

73. Faith doesn’t deny a problem’s existence. It denies a problem a place of influence.
– Bill Johnson

74. Influencing the world for good starts with service, self―care and specificity in time contribution to family.
– Richie Norton

75. The influence of teachers extends beyond the classroom, well into the future. It is they who shape and enrich the minds of the young, who touch their hearts and souls. It is they who shape a nation’s future.
– F. Sionil Jose

76. All you do in life is influenced greatly by what’s in your heart.
– Jeffrey G. Duarte

77. All the decisions that an African man makes will be weighed in terms of influence not only on himself but also on his wife and his entire family.
– Sunday Adelaja

78. The focus should be on becoming a strong and
influential personality – cultivate compelling communication skills, focus on building trust and learn how to expand and leverage your professional network.
– Abhishek Ratna

79. Influence is everything. One wrong influence can single handedly destroy every bit of your innocence and innocence is the root of all wisdom.
– John Maiorana 

81. If you have influence on other people; Don’t be influenced by their hate, money, jealousy, anger and popularity.
– De philosopher DJ Kyos

82. Influence creates affluence. Affluence does not create influence. Affluence makes you more of who you already are.
– Richie Norton

83. Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.
– Henry George

84. You don’t influence people by commanding them. When you are doing that, you are a manipulator and not a leader.
– Israelmore Ayivor

85. The future influences the present just as much as the past.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

86. All human beings wield influence—a powerful sword granted at birth. Wield your sword with care.
– Richelle E. Goodrich

87. Power is nothing unless you can turn it into influence.
– Condoleezza Rice

88. You get more reach and influence when you are being productive.
– Sunday Adelaja

89. Strong communicators increase their influence because they are intentional and focused with their language.
– Dianna Boohe

91. Many things go into influence. You must have a vision, develop your skills and abilities, know your audience, and plan, but at some point, you must take action. Without action, you have no influence.
– Josh Steimle 

92. Having a title only doesn’t make one a leader; talented people without a title don’t follow blindly, they practice leadership via influence.
– Pearl Zhu

93. Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
– Mark Twain

94. It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life.
– Margot Asquith

95. Influence is like a savings account, the less you use it, the more you’ve got.
– Andrew Young

96. Influence is when you are not the one talking and yet your words fill the room; when you are absent and yet your presence is felt everywhere.
– TemitOpe Ibrahim

97. The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor.
– Orison Swett Marden

98. The path to influence starts with your identity. Who you are, and who you become, will determine the impact you make.
– Josh Steimle

99. Influence is our inner ability to lift people up to our perspective.
– Joseph Wong

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