Power of Influence
“If there’s information that can be written down, widespread digital access now means that just about anyone can look it up. We don’t need a human being standing next to us to lecture us on how to find the square root of a number or sharpen an ax. (Worth stopping for a second and reconsidering the revolutionary nature of that last sentence.) What we do need is someone to persuade us that we want to learn those things, and someone to push us or encourage us or create a space where we want to learn to do them better. If all the teacher is going to do is read her pre-written notes from a PowerPoint slide to a lecture hall of thirty or three hundred, perhaps she should stay home. Not only is this a horrible disrespect to the student, it’s a complete waste of the heart and soul of the talented teacher. Teaching is no longer about delivering facts that are unavailable in any other format.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?
…And why our network not only influences our net-worth, but our net-influence.
One of our basic desires as humans is the desire to feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It’s our desire to feel as though we have contributed, that we have given back, and that we have made a difference in the world – so that we may find comfort in the way we have lived our life.
Too often, we get caught in the trap of thinking that if we can’t make a big enough difference in the world – then it’s not even worth trying. We play these wonderful, grandiose, and romantic images in our mind of how we can change the world… only to be confronted by the reality of how darn big the world really is! …And with limited resources and time, our list of blockades, challenges, and excuses tally up and ultimately immobilize us through frustration.
And when that happens… We miss our real opportunity.
No man stands alone. Through all the centuries of recorded time, men have set into motion influences that affect your life today…
You are the heir of the ages. Men reaching for the stars have created for you a world of wonder and challenge…
Living in you now are the ideals of the rugged soldiers of Valley Forge, the gallant Pilgrims, the daring explorers and pioneers, the fighters for freedom through all history…
On a more intimate note your mother, father, teacher, clergyman, friend have built their influences into your character…
More enduring than skyscrapers, bridges, cathedrals, and other material symbols of mans’s achievement are the invisible monuments of wisdom, inspiration, and example erected in the hearts and minds of men…
“One of the great challenges of leadership is to develop harmony between service and the power that is necessary for the exercise of leadership. The ideal is power derived solely from service and used only for service. This is the power that lasts through the ages. It is the power that influences the spirit of humanity.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership
“Gandhi had power, but he had none of the means we usually associate with power: wealth, official position, military might. His power was based solely on the willingness of people to follow his lead. They were willing to serve him because his life was devoted to serving them.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership
“You can’t light another’s path without casting light on your own.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters
Leadership is influence – nothing more and nothing less. If a person is able to influence another to take some course of action, they are a leader. Period. There are several different leadership styles or methods that a person may use in order to influence others and a case could be made in support of each one, but as a follower though, nothing makes it easier to follow a person than one who leads by example.
“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.” ~ Viktor Frankl, Brain Pickings
“You save the world one man at a time; anything else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” ~ Charles Bukowski
“Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. How do you gain influence from people? You invest in them. How do you invest in them? It starts with giving them time.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others? That’s who we are! We’re not who we say we are, we’re not who we want to be – we are the sum of the influence and impact that we have, in our lives, on others.” ~ Carl Sagan
“The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers.” ~ Max Depree
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