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Power of Influence
“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
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Quitting is leading too.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.” ~ Vince Lombardi