THE LAW OF INFLUENCE
The true measure of leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence, and that cannot be mandated. It must be earned.
The proof of leadership is found in the followers. So why do some people emerge as leaders while others can’t influence no matter how hard they try? I believe that several factors come into play:
1. Character—who they are
2. Relationships—who they know
3. Knowledge—what they know
4. Intuition—what they feel
5. Experience—where they’ve been
6. Past Success—what they’ve done
7. Ability—what they can do I love the leadership proverb that says, “He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.”
If you can’t influence people, then they will not follow you. And if people won’t follow, you are not a leader.
—The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
ARE PEOPLE FOLLOWING YOU, OR ARE YOU ONLY TAKING A WALK?
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
“Send out a cheerful, positive greeting, and most of the time you will get back a cheerful, positive greeting. It’s also true that if you send out a negative greeting, you will, in most cases, get back a negative greeting.” Zig Ziglar
“I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.” Michael Jordan
“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” Stephen Covey
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BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU GET YOUR COUNSEL
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. PSALM 1:1–3
The brilliant first psalm contrasts the righteous and the wicked. The difference between the two seems to be where they get their counsel! Observe how a foolish leader can be led astray by a corrupt inner circle:
1. The leader begins to browse for the wrong counsel.
2. The leader begins to listen to the wrong voices.
3. The leader joins the wrong inner circle.
A wise leader meditates on God’s Word day and night. Note the results of receiving counsel from the right inner circle:
2. Inward nourishment and refreshment
3. Fruitfulness and productivity
4. Strength and durability
The Maxwell Leadership Bible Whom can you go to for good counsel?
Whom should you avoid?