Just read an article this morning about influence & leadership at http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/22-ways-to-dramatically-increase-your-influence/. It complements your post, Seth. Service and influence are key-relationship is the good ground in which they thrive. Cheers!
What is your sphere of influence?
As we discussed yesterday, there can be a big disconnect in the church over what constitutes ministry. We often think that ministry is defined by platform time and teaching opportunities. People can be really great public communicators but their words can carry little anointing if they are without influence.
The best “platform” people are those who have first gained influence by their story, receptivity to others, and people skills. I want to give platform time to leaders who have first gained an influence and thus a ready made audience.
Influence (gravitational force fields) is what really defines leaders…
This is a good point Seth. One I’ve had to learn and I’m still learning.
In a military setting, your rank hopefully determines your past record of influence… until your followers get to know you. After that, your influence is still determined by your relationships and daily interactions.
I’ve been in many situations where name, title, and rank only worked for leaders for a short while… until people get to see how a leader is REALLY a complete jerk or a bumbling idiot.
But I’ve also been in situations where it didn’t matter how low their rank was, there were still people who had charisma, vision, and leadership.
Very well said, Seth. Influence is earned, not positionally, but relationally.