Glenn Parker: Positive Influence

Glenn Parker is a team building and organizational consultant to many of the world's leading corporations, including Novartis, Merck, Lucent, and Accenture. He is the author of 15 books, including the bestsellers, Team Players and Teamwork: New Strategies for Developing Successful Collaboration* and Cross-Functional Teams: Working with Allies, Enemies, and Other Strangers*.


Glenn's assessment survey, the Parker Team Player Survey, published by CPP, has sold more than one million copies. He is the author with his son Michael Parker of the book, Positive Influence: The Leader Who Helps People Become Their Best Self*.


In this episode, Glenn and I discuss the importance of leaders recognizing the contributions of other leaders in our careers — and the ways we can become positive influences for others. We detail the four different ways to be a supportive leader and the first steps that each of us can take to do this more consistently.

Key Points

Four different ways to be a leader who has a positive influence on others:


The Supportive Positive Influence Leader: the one who believes in you

The Teacher Positive Influence Leader: the one who helps you develop the skills you need

The Motivating Positive Influence Leader: the one who shows you why you need to do something and helps you believe that you can do it

The Role Model Positive Influence Leader: the one who demonstrates through their actions how you can be successful


Resources Mentioned


Positive Influence: The Leader Who Helps People Become Their Best Self* by Glenn Parker and Michael Parker


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