The definition of leadership is not nearly as complex as one would think. In fact, according to leadership expert John Maxwell, it simply means “influence.” A concept garnered from J. Oswald Sanders’ book “Spiritual Leadership.” If you haven’t read this classic, I highly recommend it. According to Charles “Chuck” Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, it’s the best book on Christian leadership out there.
Leadership is Influence
As believers we are encouraged to influence others. The bible tells us that we are to be both salt and light to the world (Matt 5:13-16). This means the circle of influence God has placed you in expects you to have a positive impact. Consider the following question. In your daily life who are you in contact with the most? Is it your family, staff or neighborhood? Maybe it’s your friends or fellow gym goers. Start praying for them. Begin keeping track of your prayer requests in a journal and reflect on prayers that have been answered. Your devotional life is the perfect time to begin keeping a spiritual journal.
Leadership is for Everyone
Leadership is for everyone and is not limited to gender, marital or maternal status. As an aunt, I have been quite influential in the lives of my nieces and nephews. It is something I am very proud of. Nor is it limited to personality. In my experience, there is a strongly held belief that introverts don’t compare as well at leading as their extroverted counterparts. The lack of character notwithstanding.
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