Is Leadership Influence? (Blog)

Most leadership defintions center around the concept of influence.  John Maxwell, considered to be one of the foremost experts on leadership, said, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.”

Certainly, I would agree that effective leaders exert influence to accomplish goals and to get others to follow.  However, I am not sure that is what Christian leaders should be known for.  Leadership as influence for Christians should focus on how a Christian with power, position, or resources uses their influence (power, position, resources) to build up and equip others for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom.  Christian leadership should be defined as leaders using their influence to empower, encourage, and equip those that follow to become all that God intends them to be.

This new definition of leadership as influence is in distinct contrast to the worldly idea of accomplishing “things” or doing leadership.  The Christian leader uses his or her influence to transform people into image of Jesus Christ.   Christian leadership then is more about being and becoming than doing, and much more about serving and empowering than being in charge.

(c) Paul Dordal, 2011

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