Influence Without Authority for PMs

The Art of How to Influence without Authority

Anyone familiar with Product Management will recognize the phrase ‘influence without authority.’ As a Product Manager, you’re a team player and leader who guides product development along its chartered course, but you have to do that without being the literal captain of the ship.

Achieving influence without authority means leading and guiding teams without having the power to snap your fingers and make things happen. This includes ensuring alignment among stakeholders, making crucial roadmap decisions, hiring and so much more.

The only way to drive the product development process is by continuously building up your influence within your company.

What are some of the best practices that you do on a daily basis that help you influence others without having this said ‘power’?

One practice I believe is crucial in honing this skill is active listening. This means asking the rights questions, following up on points, or even taking notes. Show your team and stakeholders that what they tell you has an impact and isn’t just falling on deaf ears.

What do you do on a daily basis that helps you influence without authority?