When we boil it all down, what really matters?
We often make life complicated. We get caught up in trivial pursuits and do not focus on what is most important.
Please do not misunderstand. We must work to provide for our families. We need time for rest and recreation. There are also family responsibilities.
If, however, we believe that spiritual and eternal matters are the priority, then why do we often spend our lives focused on areas that are temporary in nature?
Let us lead with our priorities firmly established and influence the major areas of life in ways to make heaven that much sweeter.
Alfred Einstein said, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
Far too often, leadership deals with the bottom-line mentality. What we measure is important, but the value of influence, cultivating character development, or meditative prayer cannot be measured. Yet, they are life changing.
We may have multiplied thousands of dollars invested, but what is it really worth? We may have many people sitting in the pews, but are they spiritually mature? We may spend hours reading the Bible, but do we apply it properly?
Our leadership may not always be measured, but it should count for something.
Jesus said we are the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” This indicates the difference we make in the world.
Then Jesus said something interesting, “If the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything…”
Good involves health, specifically good health.
When used in the context of leadership influence, we find a powerful idea.
As leaders, our influence should contribute to the spiritual health and well-being of others.
When heaven is the destiny, our leadership must be good for others to reach the destination.
What is our rule of life? The idea involves our purpose for life.
Why do we pursue the course in life we pursue?
What do we want to achieve and get out of life?
What implications would exist with having a written purpose for life?
Knowing and reminding ourselves of our purpose for life keeps us focused on the impact of our words and actions.
Having a rule of life gives us meaning and hope for what the future holds.
It changes the way we see God, develop family, and influence others.
Do we ever consider the far reaching nature of our influence on a global level?
The influence of one person can move a nation, lead an army, direct a revolution, carve out a place in history, or change the life of one person.
Too often we underestimate what can be done with our influence on one person.
Instead of thinking how we can start a worldwide revolution, think about changing the life of one person. Who knows how God might work through the one we influence to make a global difference.
Perhaps we need to start with opening the door of opportunity.
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!