“Leadership is influence.”
– John Maxwell
The “leadership is influence” quote above illustrates a very important principle. If we have influence in at least one person’s life, then by definition that makes us a leader. Many people don’t think of themselves as leaders, even those who sometimes find themselves in official leadership positions.
You may not be a Martin Luther King, or an Abraham Lincoln, but you are still a leader. You may not be a Mother Theresa, or a Ghandi, but you still have influence in the lives of those you work with, or go to school with, or even volunteer with. You still have influence with your family and friends – that makes you a leader.
In our previous Good to Great discussion, we talked about the importance of leadership. Why? Because an organization will only rise to the level of its leadership. Many leaders have at least been taught how to “manage” people, and processes, but they may have never been taught what it means to actually lead them.
There are many practical tools, systems, and procedures that great leaders follow. We’ll walk through these together so you can become the leader you’ve always aspired to be – a transformational leader – a leader who has a positive impact in every sphere of your life.
One of the things that marks a great leader is that they never stop learning. By reading this blog, you have already begun to exhibit the behavior of a transformational leader. Over the next series of posts, we’ll dig in deep to examine all the right tools, ingredients, and behaviors that are necessary to become a transformational leader.
Who are the people in your life that you have influence with? What are the personal, or process restraints that you are facing in the leadership role you are already filling? What are the different spheres within your life that you have influence in?
“… be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
– Romans 12:2b (ESV)