Leadership is Influence
Someone once said that if a leader has no one following they are just one person going for a walk.
There are many situations that takes one person to see a need and just get stuck in, helping provide a solution. By there example they are able to influence many people around them to either get involved with them or look out for their own projects to tackle.
Leadership is influence.
Many people will know of the evangelist Billy Graham, a great man of God and a highly influential person who has been the adviser for many presidents in the USA, how many people know the name of the person who influenced Billy Graham to become a Christian in the first place?
If I am just one man who can influence another to be successful in life or business then I am a leader, for I don’t know as to the potential success of the one I’ve influenced.
Being a leader means first being a servant, that is, someone who is not acknowledged who works hard day after day because they see a need, even some one who at times is despised because they apparently don’t fit within the current programme or organizational structure.
But as this person works away, lives are changed, businesses grow, society is changed.
Let us not lose sight of the people who are around us every day making a difference, and acknowledge them as leaders.
Robert Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader says “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead”
I would highly recommend reading the full essay by Robert Greenleaf