Every leader is a dealer in influence either by words or actions. And the influence of a leader determines the level of his impact. In recent times, I have been able to observe few leaders – Pastors, mentors, directors, husbands, and heads of schools, group leaders and youth leaders – on how they increased their level of impact by raising the bar of their leadership influence.
Meanwhile, permit me to say that you don’t have to carry a title before you can be a person of influence. Leadership influence is more of a disposition than a position. Influence emanates from who you are – whether you are in a leadership position or you are just who you are. But these are eight ways the leaders I studied have raised the bar of their leadership influence.
- Indoctrination Lifestyle
Doctrine is a set of belief that defines the parameters of that belief system. It is a creed of principles presented for acceptance of conduct, relationship and conversations towards God and others. Effective leaders are committed to the doctrines God. They also labour in teaching others the importance of accepting Biblical doctrines as a way of life.
- Manner of Life
Leaders influence people more by who they are beyond what they say. The manner of life of leaders who raise the bar of their influence is worthy of emulating. They have what I called ‘Magnetic Character.’
- Purposeful Living
People respects a leader who knows where he/she is going. Greater impact is generated when a leader is purpose driven. People are always willing to commit themselves, trust and follow a leader with a definite cause and direction. It is easier to raise the bar of influence on people when they see a leader with a direction. You cannot lead people beyond your level of commitment to the direction you are going.
- Faith-Driven Life
It is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). It is also impossible to lead successfully without faith (Exodus 14:13-16). One of the most important ways of leading with greater influence is by demonstration of dogged faith. Strong leaders are faith-driven leaders. They have confidence in God’s word and act on it without being apologetic about it. They have outsize vision. They break new grounds. They trust God for everything in every situation. They believe nothing shall be impossible when God is in it.
We will continue in the next post. But don’t forget: to raise the bar of your leadership influence – you have to model indoctrination lifestyle, have a Godly manner of life, be purpose-driven, demonstrate faith-driven lifestyle.
“You don’t have to be a “person of influence” to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.” – Scott Adams