If you have a leadership title or you're an individual contributor, you still have leadership influence. People can influence people whether they have a title or not.
Leaders set the culture and the tone of the organization
One thing that we know in research, and I see this in my coaching, is people model what you do more than what they listen to what you say.
- so what you do,
- how you treat them,
- how you communicate with them,
- if you show respect,
- if you listen well ...
People don't want to know how much you know, until they know how much you care.