To Impress or to Influence?
“Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.” Paul the Apostle
“We can impress people from a distance but we can only influence them up close.” Rick Warren
Leadership has many definitions. In its most basic form, leadership is influence. This can be good or bad. How does a leader influence others? How are we influencing those around us?
We influence people when they can look us in the eye and decide that we can be trusted.
We influence people when we listen to them.
We influence people when we show them that we care about them.
We influence people when we acknowledge that we were wrong.
We influence people when we are open and honest about our own struggles.
What are some other ways that we can influence people?