Welcome to the "Lead By Example" series meant to arm you with tools for leading effectively, even when your power is limited. This video lesson, "Influencing Without Authority," discusses influencing others in the context of both asking for help and shaping a decision. First, it explains the importance of determining the payoff necessary to convince someone to help you. Then it explains what you have to offer -- from competence to experience to strong collaboration skills -- to guide a result. Ultimately, learners should understand that influence is a critical skill to master to project their thoughts, requests, and opinions in a meaningful way that others are receptive to.