Leadership tends to introduce several interesting twists in the development of leaders and followers.
How do we want others to treat us? With respect, integrity, love, appreciation, patience, etc.? If this is true, then Jesus would say treat others this way first!
We must not be influenced or directed by the practices of culture in our relationships.
It is easy to react, instead of acting as we should. Additionally, we must be careful to guard against overreacting.
Leaders must learn to act in keeping with the way we want others to act.
Although stated in various ways, Mark Twain provided a powerful thought when he said, “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
Leaders influence small and large groups of people. Their influence is measured by the level of honesty perceived.
When leaders are seen as dishonest, people will not follow.
When leaders are seen as honest, the opposite is true.
Even when it might seem easier to bend the truth, honesty is always the best policy.
The result of this practice has lasting repercussions on our leadership.
Nestled in the concept of an example is our influenceas leaders. We influence people everyday. We influence them in what is right or wrong. The difference is bound up in our example.
Setting an example is associated with consistency. Mahatma Ghandi is noted as saying, “we must become the change we want to see.”
Setting an example is also connected to servanthood. The only time Jesus said “I gave you an example,” involved being a servant.
If we want to be who God desires, we need to understand the significance identified with our example of leadership.
When we examine our day to day activities we need to ask, “How well do we lead ourselves?”
Thomas J. Watson Sr. said, “Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.”
Have we established specific plans for the year ahead?
Are we disciplined enough to finish each day, and finish strong?
We all influence others. We are leaders.
Now is the time to understand the power of our influence to lead others, but begin with the proper application of leading self.
Leadership involves responsibility. The claim of many is that the greater the responsibility, the fewer the rights.
We live in a culture where taking responsibility is not a common practice. We could say we live in a culture where the common practice is one of blaming others. Not much has changed since the beginning.
However, quality leaders seek responsibility and take responsibility for their actions.
Leaders give credit to the team when there is victory, but take full responsibility when there is a defeat.
Rarely do we find such integrity and leadership. Yet, when we do, influence abounds. The result? People follow!
The Energizer battery company put together ads of an indestructible rabbit powered by Energizer batteries. Nothing could stop it. This rabbit kept on going and going!
Doesn’t this describe a leader’s influence? Our physical bodies will not last, but our influence will be remembered long after we are gone.
How do we want to be remembered?
Once we answer that question, we must begin living it…NOW! It does not happen by accident. It is the result of intentional and diligent effort.
Our influence lives long beyond now, but it is determined by the choices we make now.
Why does power appeal to the role of leadership?
Does it involve authority?
Is it control?
Could it be decision-making?
Spiritually, the answer is NO!
Power involves the ability to do something or act in a specific way that directs and influences the behavior and course of others.
Power is about God’s ability to direct and influence the behavior of others.
The word of the cross is God’s power to save. It will save you and me. Our only power comes by sharing it with others? Think Souls.
Nearly 2,000 years ago this question was asked by a governor with the power to deliver or destroy. Sadly, the influence of the Jews and fear of allowing a threat to Rome go free moved Pilate to crucify Jesus.
How we answer this question becomes foundational to our influence in several areas of life.
Family:Let us lead our family to heaven.
Job:Work to please Christ, not men.
Worship: Meet with God and bring a gift.
World: Be the influence our world needs.
What will we do? Our answer makes the difference in others seeing the influence of Jesus.
Why do more not lead? One of the top reasons involves the difficultly.
We have all heard, “If it were easy everyone would do it.” Well, it is not easy. At the same time, everyone is doing it. We all influence others. The question how do we influence them?
For good or evil?
To build on the rock or sand?
To walk in the light or darkness?
To be a sheep or a goat?
To live for Christ or against Him?
It is one tough job, but it is worth the effort.
What do we believe and why do we believe it?
Amazingly, and getting straight to the point, when we believe something, we talk about it to others. We express why our belief is so strong. When we do not believe there seems to be no purpose.
Quoting from the Old Testament, Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “I believe therefore I speak.”
We have opportunity to influence many people everyday. It is fundamental to leadership. Are we talking about what we believe? Do we speak because of the overwhelming nature of what we believe and why we believe it?
The power of communication allows us an avenue to share a belief system based on the evidence of truth. Make it count!