Power is influence. Power is impact. For those of us who fill leadership roles in business, churches, organizations, etc., we all desire for our leadership to have power.
So, where do we go to get practical advice on this? How about the Bible?
I will share a simple verse, give a few thoughts, then be done!
1 Chronicles 7:17 states, “Ulam’s son was Bedan. This accounts for the sons of Gilead son of Makir, the son of Manasseh. These were Asher’s sons, all of them responsible, excellent in character, and brave in battle—good leaders. They listed 26,000 combat-ready men in their family tree.”
You want to be a good leader? Have influence? Impact?
Do the three things above:
1. Be responsible. Responsibility = How you respond to your ability. You are more able and capable than you realize. Take responsibility for your life. Leaders who fail to do this will see their leadership die an early death.
2. Be a person of excellent character. Be honorable. Live with integrity. Do what you say you will do. Be the same person inside and out. Be transparent. Open. Honest. That is excellent character. This is difficult to do. But, if you don’t form your character, very few will trust your leadership, especially in the difficult times.
3. Be brave (especially in battle). Leadership is tested and proven the most on the battlefield. Responsibility and character are formed on the inside, but a brave heart is tried and tested on the field of battle. There is nothing that will cause people to believe in and follow your leadership more than when they know that you will fight with them and for them.
Do these 3 things, and watch how your leadership impact and leadership influence will grow!