The ability to motivate and inspire others to take action is the distinguishing factor between a leader and a manager. The best leaders are those who can successfully influence up, down, and across the organization, impacting business results by driving behavior change.
Leaders who use their influence appropriately can inspire their people, motivate their staff, inspire loyalty and commitment, challenge their people to produce the very best work while caring for their team like family.
Organizations must arm leaders with the skills they need to succeed. Leaders are not only better prepared to influence the behavior of followers when effective leadership development programs are in place, but followers are also more receptive to direction and guidance.
Source: Training Industry, The Power of Influence in Leadership Development