Influence and Intentionality

Many think that it takes a job title, a specialization or a certain charisma to lead. While all that does enhance your leadership, it isn’t the main ingredient. 

Leadership is influence.

According to Ken Blanchard:

​“Leadership is a process of influence. Anytime you seek to influence the thinking, behavior, or development of people toward accomplishing a goal in their personal or professional lives, you are taking on the role of a leader.”

​​- Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges, Lead Like Jesus

This is so true of leadership. Many who aspire higher leadership roles work to influence their bosses, peers, and subordinates. But for some, this seems too heavy a responsibility. This is why there are people who actually would rather stay in jobs that don’t have leadership titles or roles. They would rather not be promoted for fear of responsibility. 

But the truth of the matter is, even without the title, everyone is influencing, and therefore everyone is leading.  

John Maxwell wrote:

​“Sociologists tell us that even the most introverted person will influence ten thousand other people during his or her lifetime. Each of us is influencing others and being influenced by others.”


 We are all influencing, and consequently, we all lead. The question is, however, “Are we influencing others for the good?”

My friend, many watch the way you do life. And since you have the power to influence, use it right. Be a leader that leads intentionally for the service of others and for the glory and honor of God. 

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