Professional clout means different things to different people. To me it means long term sustainable, influence and, effectiveness. People that have a lot of clout have a natural humility and do not try to impress others in the workplace. People with clout avoid extravagant attempts to appear wise. They are able to easily gain trust and admiration because they are genuine and do not try to pretend they are someone whom they are not. They act the same in front of others as they do when they are alone. People look up to them because they are of good character and stand up for their values. They are comfortable expressing their opinions and do so unprompted. Although, they possess qualities of forthrightness, they are mindful of the discernment it requires to be socially intelligent. They are well-liked by a cross-section of individuals from every walk of life. People relate to them right away and are not threatened by their manner. They recognize the importance of sensitivity and appropriate timing when speaking to others. They are considerate of their feelings and take the time to judge the intensity of their moods before they engage in lengthily banter with them. They are respectful and never forget the names of those they work with. In positions of management they are very competent and successfully command others without dictating to them or trying to demean them. People work hard for them because they think highly of what they say and do. They let their actions speak louder than their words which naturally gains them uninvited popularity. People with clout are extremely aware of their own conduct and forget the small mistakes of others. If at all possible they hold back on correcting their errors unless it is absolutely necessary. They appreciate the special attributes of others. They are sincere in their compliments and do not offer false flattery. When people with clout retire their presence remains behind because they made their workplace so exciting and meaningful for all who were fortunate enough to share it with them. They are impossible to forget because they are truly one-of-a-kind.