If leadership is influence, can you lead without influence?
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the 5 Most Influential People in the World. If you missed it, take a few seconds to read the post – it’s not what you might expect.
As I wrote the list, I asked this question: What makes these people influential? And I’ve thought a lot about it over the past couple of weeks.
So I sat down and spent some time thinking about how leaders develop influence. Here’s my list…
People with influence…
What’s not required
When I asked my wife, Sarah, to list the most influential people in her life a few weeks ago, she listed several people whom she has never met. Never spoken to.
And that’s the incredible thing about leadership – it doesn’t require regular interaction with followers. In fact, influencing others does not require a direct relationship.
The truth is, you won’t be able to influence everyone. You won’t even be able to influence everyone you’d like to be influenced. You’ll have to take Andy Stanley’s advice and do for a few what you’d like to do for many.
Those who are most influential in my life have influenced me because they patiently earned my trust and respect.
Question: What is one characteristic of a leader who has influenced you greatly? Share it in the comments.