Mastering the Five Levels of Influence


Mark Twain

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

 Explore - Dream - Discover


Five Levels of Influence:


        Learn:  a leader must be able to learn form anyone

        Perform: persevere through failure to find success

        Lead: extend your abilities by expanding your team

        Develop Leaders: learn to trust your people

        Develop Leaders Who Develop Leaders: create a legacy


I'm calling on you today to step up and "lead." The ministry is expanding and the adversary is angry. It's not hard to identify problems in a given situation; anyone can tell you what's wrong. Identifying negatives and areas for improvement is child's play. Making suggestions for changes and modifications is not difficult, either. Everyone has an opinion about how to make improvements. Coming up with good ideas is no big deal. The world is full of great ideas and deep thinkers of grand theories. Implementation and results make the difference. (completion, execution, accomplishment, performance, achievement)


What Is Leadership?


James C. Hunter: "as a skill of influencing people to work enthusiastically toward goals identified as being for the common good."


Al Kaltman: "The successful leader gets superior performance from ordinary people."


Andy Stanley: "Leaders provide a mental picture of a preferred future and then ask people to follow them there."


Alan Keith: "Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen."


George Barna: "A leader is one who mobilizes; one whose focus is influencing people; a person who is goal driven; someone who has an orientation in common with those who rely upon him for leadership; and someone who has people willing to follow them," and "Leadership is the process of motivating, mobilizing, resourcing, and directing people to passionately and strategically pursue a vision from God that a group jointly embraces."


Kenneth O. Gangel: "Leadership is the exercise of one's special gifts under the call of God to serve a certain group of people in achieving the goals God has given them toward the end of glorifying Christ."


John Maxwell: "Leadership is influence - nothing more, nothing less. People have so many misconceptions about leadership. When they hear that someone has an impressive title or an assigned leadership position, they assume that he is a leader. Sometimes that's true. But titles don't have much value when it comes to leading. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence, and that can't be mandated. It must be earned.


"Leadership is the influence of others in a productive, vision-driven direction and is done through the example, conviction, and character of the leader."


Please do not be interested in what you think leadership can provide for you.


Some think: Power - Control - Perks or Being Served


The life of a leader involves: Giving Power (empowering) - Helping others fix problems and move forward - Serving others


Leaders lead for the joy of creating something bigger than themselves!






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