Matthew E. Kelly

Matthew E. Kelly

    It’s time to contemplate the accountability that comes from your greatest responsibility: Influence.

    Not all leaders have fancy titles or high-paying jobs. Every human has the power to influence and, therefore, is primed to be a leader. By coming to terms with our ability to affect others with our energies, words, and actions, we begin to grow in claiming this responsibility instead of remaining blind.

    Smith and Griffin continue The “I” in Team series journey by helping all humans (all leaders) consider how they will build themselves and others with the power of influence. Through real-life stories and summarized key takeaways, the authors promote out-of-the-box learning. Responsible leaders will encounter topics such as:

    • Evaluating the gaps in the present state of leadership and pivoting toward servant leadership

    • Setting the example and being the influence you wish to see grow on your teams

    • Developing appropriate policies and procedures to ensure a solid organizational foundation

    • Remaining open-minded to create a safe space for diversity to thrive

    • Adapting big-picture ideas into smaller, tactical actions

    The authors transform the understanding that each individual has about themselves and allows them to focus on building positive teams around them.  Responsible Influence calls into question what it means to be a leader and helps identify the future state of leadership.

  • Our influence is our greatest responsibility. And our greatest gift.

    We are influenced by every person and interaction we have, and, in turn, we influence everyone and everything around us. We all have a choice about what to do with our influence: Will we leave a negative impact on others or use our influence to become a shining beacon of positivity?

    Smith and Griffin upskill readers with tools to stay humble, lead themselves and the people around them well, and create opportunities to expand their influence in new and exciting ways, including offering wisdom on:

    • Understanding that each person is important and has a tremendous influence

    • Looking out for common pitfalls and avoiding the traps you set for yourself

    • How to remain composed, take the high road, and avoid unnecessary overreactions

    • Understanding how you learn best so you can work to be your best self

    • Valuing true diversity and equality and understanding how it influences us all

    Through sharing these core principles, readers learn to harness their power to create positive, lasting improvements in the people and environments around them. By helping readers understand the power they have to affect change, Positive Influence offers ideas for how to step into a life filled with prosperity and share that prosperity with everyone they touch. 

  • While most of us have grown up being taught that the letter “I” has no place in the word “team,” teams are wholly made up of individual advantages that contribute to the collective power of the group.

    In Individual Influence, authors Brian and Mary Smith go far beyond this axiom, making a persuasive case that even a company or team of individual players is still an “Individual” at its core—expressing the collective influence of all those who play a role in it. Thus, there is not just one “I” in team, but many.

    In the first installment of this series, readers will be led on a far-from-typical journey of self-discovery punctuated by often humorous stories and tangible steps to put the wisdom into practice.

    Demonstrated through real-life experience working with and leading teams, the authors cover many transformative concepts, including:

    • How to be your best self so that your unique influence radiates from you

    • Reaping the benefits of slowing down and existing within the moment

    • How to delegate, hold accountable, define values, and achieve balance

    • Setting realistic success criteria for yourself and learning to celebrate small victories

    • Gaining more significant influence over your own conscious thoughts and reshaping your reality

    Individual Influence revolutionizes the paradigm of traditional self-help books, presenting a clear, logical flow in implementing solutions to everyday challenges we face. It is a call for readers to discover who they are, and in doing so, there is a new world filled with unlimited possibilities waiting to be explored.