Measuring Influence

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. ~ Philemon 23-25

A person’s ability to make things happen in and through others depends entirely on their ability to lead them. Without leadership, there is no teamwork, and people go their own way. If your dream is big and will require the teamwork of a lot of people, then any potential leaders you select to go with you on the journey will need to be people of influence. After all, that’s what leadership is – influence. And when you think about it, all leaders have two things in common: They’re going somewhere, and they’re able to persuade others to go with them.

As you look at the people around you, consider the following:

  • Who influences them?
  • Whom do they influence?
  • Is their influence increasing or decreasing?

To be a good judge of potential leaders, don’t just see the person-see all the people who that person influences. The greater the influence, the greater the leadership potential and the ability to get others to work with you to accomplish your dream.

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