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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Leadership is Influence

I found this in one of my documents yesterday and thought you might find it as helpful as I have. I don't know where it originated. I got it from a pastor friend.

If Leadership is Influence. You develop influence by:

Integrity With People
Integrity is about small things. Influence becomes impossible without integrity. D.L. Moody stated, “If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.”
Nurtures Other People
Nurture people with encouragement, recognition, security, and hope. At the heart of this is a genuine concern for others. Give love, respect, and recognition to others. Learn to be ‘other-minded.’
Faith In People
When you believe in people, they do the impossible. Emphasize their strengths. Praise them in front of others.
Listens To People
Be impressed and interested, not impressive and interesting. Big people monopolize the listening. Look at the speaker; don’t interrupt; focus on understanding; ask questions for clarity; make listening a priority.
Understands People
Respect unique qualities in people. Learn to appreciate the differences in people.
Everybody wants to be somebody. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Enlarges People
Enlarging others is an investment. Carefully choose persons to enlarge. See their potential; cast a vision for their future; focus on their strengths. Allow them to soar.
Navigates For Other People
Most people need help working through some of life’s difficulties. Show them where they need to go; what they need to know; and how they need to grow.
Connects With People
Find common ground; discover what really matters to them; communicate what really matters to you. Do this from your heart.
Empowers People
Emphasize people, not policies. Empower people by giving them the authority to get a task done. Supply them with feedback. Release them to continue on their own.
Reproduces Other Influencers
Reproducing leaders gives the power of multiplication. Look continually for potential leaders. Commit yourself to developing leaders, not followers.

3 comments:

Andy said...

Our church is our platoon, company, battalion, and sometimes an even larger element. This being so, we need to develop the formal leaders, informal leaders, and troops through quality leadership. Uncaring and abusive leadership will get us no where. Lead by example! by leading by His example!

Great post, I love writing on leadership!

bwilber777 said...

Thanks Pastor, this is something that GOD has been putting on my heart. Praise the LORD!

Tom Fellows said...

Excellent points, thanks for the reminder!