Leadership is an influence process, guiding others to follow a God directed Vision.
“Sometimes even the best manager is like the little boy with the big dog, waiting to see where the dog wants to go so that he can take him there.”Lee Iacocca, Christianity Today
Effective leaders create positive change. Ineffective leaders work to maintain the former outdated direction and can’t change it. The difference is the influence of a respected and trusted leader.
Many volunteer leaders strive for a position to become a leader. The challenge is, people don’t follow a position they only follow a leader they trust.
Volunteers in church can’t be forced or disciplined to be more Christ like. They can only be encouraged and influenced to model themselves after a Christ like leader.
Extraordinary leadership is found in leaders (who have searched to discover his or her authentic self) who influence others to accomplish great dreams through intentional relationships, spiritual awareness, wise counsel and relentless vision.
“The task of future leaders is not to make a little contribution to the solution of the pains and tribulations of their time, but to identify and announce the ways in which Jesus is leading God’s people out of slavery, through the desert to a new land of freedom. Christian leaders have the arduous task of responding to personal struggles, family conflicts, national calamities, and international tensions (not to mention business crises) with an articulate faith in God’s real presence.”Crane and Hamel, Executive Influence
Influence has nothing to do with position or organizational power. It has everything to do with the person. The factors that most powerfully impact your influence is your personal integrity, character and strategic excellence.
Healthy Leaders, influence our world one step at a time.
Leadership is … faith in God’s real presence.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy