Circle of Influence

Circle of Influence, Circle of Concern, Stephen Covey

Circumstances and people create situations that either can or cannot be controlled. Effective leaders only focus on what they can control and influence their organizations and people to do the same. By only focusing on what they can control, the leader’s impact and influence substantially increases over time. To illustrate, Stephen Covey, author of the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, used a person’s circle of concern and circle of influence to distinguish between highly productive and non-productive activities.

Your circle of concern contains things that you cannot control or do anything about. Your circle of influence contains things that you can control and do something about. Effective leaders focus on their circle of influence. Ineffective leaders focus on their circle of concern. The more positive energy and time a leader spends in their circle of influence, the greater their influence. Moreover, to remain empowered, effective leaders accept and learn to live with problems where they have no control over. Or, they let these problems naturally sort themselves out.

What can you control? You can control your actions: how you lead; how you sell; how you take care of customers, partners and team members, etc. When you focus on what you cannot control, you waste positive energy and time. In difficult situations, make a list: What is in your control (circle of influence) and what is out of your control (circle of concern)?  Only focus on what you can control and do something about – that is, what you can do, not what you cannot do. When you focus on what you cannot control, you give up the right to impact the things you can.

All contents copyright © 2017, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.


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