We just finished our last seminar, “The Five Levels of Leadership.” It was a great class, several people felt like it was the best one so far.
Leadership is a funny thing, it seems like everyone see’s it in a different light. It is so important that we always remember that, LEADERSHIP IS INFLUENCE, nothing more and nothing less.
Everyone has influence in some area, a father, a mother, a school teacher, a business man or even a regular everyday employee. EVERYONE has influence.
What is important is how you use the influence that God has given you. Influence means that you lead people in some direction. What direction are you leading the people you have influence with. Are you leading them to be better and to do more with their life, or are you taking them down some path that will not help them in any way?
Along with influence comes responsibility. You will be held accountable for where you lead the people you influence. Make sure you are leading them to become better then they were when you left them!!!!
Have you ever thought of yourself as an influencer or someone who has been given influence over other people? Whether you realize it or not you are an INFLUENCER!!
My question today to all of us is, “CAN YOU SHINE WHERE YOU ARE?” For a person to shine, things need to be going in the right direction in their life. There is a scripture that says, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” If you have the peace of God in your heart, you should be shining in your life. A smile on your face, a spring in your step, a HOPE in your HEART.
Shining in your life tells your family and friends that you are on the right track. That you are in the right place, doing what you are supposed to be doing and that life is good. Have you ever read a good book, I am sure you have. Do you know that your family and friends that are reading you every day just like they read a book? They can tell how things are going in your life by the way you SHINE. If you are not shining where you are right now, determine why not and make some changes that will get you where you need to be.
Influence doesn’t come to us instantaneously; it grows by stages. Everyone has influence of some kind, the mom, the school teacher, the business owner, the worker at the plant. All of them have influence with someone and over someone. The question is not do I have influence, the question is WHAT KIND OF INFLUENCE DO I HAVE? Influence with people can be either GOOD OR BAD. The drug gangs on the streets of every major city has influence over young kids they are trying to get into their gangs. The problem is, it’s the wrong kind of influence. It is not leading young people the way they should be going. A mother has influence over her children, what is she teaching them? RIGHT OR WRONG?
People who really want to make a difference in people’s lives will have an influence in people’s lives that is positive that will lead them where they really want to go and NEED TO GO. I want to influence people in a direction that will help them go in the right direction. That is not always easy, but it is the best way.
Influence starts small and it grows in stages. Where ever you are right now, make up your mind that you are going forward with a positive attitude and with stages of influence that will make this a better world to live in.
Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed. Our attitude always determines the outcome of everything we do. Many times we can do the right things, but if it is for the wrong reason, it will never have the desired outcome that we want it to have. We must always check our motives for not only what we do but also why we do them. This is many times why people get so discouraged in life, they think they are doing good things, and they are, but it may be for the wrong reason or with a separate agenda.
In my life my attitude and why I do things are always checked by the way they turn out. Good deeds done for the wrong reason with never turn out the way you want them to. However good deeds done with the right motive will always bring blessings and good things to you. Check your attitude and why you do what you do to make sure they are for the right reason. There is a scripture in 1 Cor 11:28 that says, “let a man examine himself so he does not come under judgment.” Check yourself to make sure you are on the right path and your life will produce good things for you and your family.
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Margaret Wheatley said, “I believe that the capacity that any organization needs is for LEADERSHIP to appear anywhere it is needed, when it is needed.” Good moral LEADERSHIP is the only thing that will turn your life around and cause it to flourish. LEADERSHIP is a funny thing, it’s kind of complicated. You can be a leader, even a good leader, but not necessarily a leader who takes followers in the right direction. Hitler was a leader, he was even a good leader, but he was not a GOOD leader, if you know what I mean.
I want to be a leader but I want to make sure that the people I lead are going in the right direction; to make their lives better. So I want ot influence them in a right way, so that they also will lead people in the right way. America is in great need for GOOD, RIGHT LEADERSHIP. Do you realize that you can be a part of that leadership. Every family, every work environment, ever government office, they all need GOOD RIGHT LEADERSHIP.
We have all seen leadership that influences people and are leaders but not in the right direction. LET’S TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND LEAD NOT ONLY GOOD BUT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. Are you able to do this in your life?