Laws of Leadership, pt4
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
1. The Law of Self-Investment
2. The Law of Faith
3. The Law of Doing
4. The Law of Influence
If you are leading and no one is following, you are just going for a walk.
Position/title is the lowest form of influence. Great leaders are men and women who take their title or position and turn it into influence instead of trading for influence.
Why use influence?
Influence should be a clear call to increase the Kingdom. Using influence isn’t for self-promotion, but for promoting the Kingdom and God’s reign on this earth.
Key Ways to Translate Your Opportunity into Influence
1. Use your biography.
2. Serve someone else to make them better at who they are and what they do.
3. Have an overwhelming vision, plan, or idea that you articulate very well.
1. USE YOUR BIOGRAPHY: Influence others based on your own accomplishments and what you have achieved including an inspirational life you have lived that inspires others. This is who you are. Not your title or your notoriety.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
Speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity—that is translated into influence. A model is better than a message any day of the week. Use your accomplishments–not to lift yourself up, but to better others’ lives.
1 Timothy 4:13-15
Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.
People want to follow someone who is leading. There are many people who want to lead but are just going in circles; they are more like pigeons than eagles—flying around in circles and ending up in the same place.
Pay attention to your own life and translate that into influence. What do you do well? What are you good at? What have you accomplished? Start speaking that into others’ lives. Share it. Invite people alongside you. That’s being an example.
2. SERVE SOMEONE ELSE TO MAKE THEM BETTER AT WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY DO: Who someone is and what they do are obviously connected. It’s easy to focus on helping someone get better at what they do, but we can’t just jump to the second part. In years of ministry, the people I’ve helped be better at WHO they are have always done better at WHAT they do. The people who are better at what they do, turn into legacy influencers—taking the influence I’ve imparted to them and naturally doing the same thing.
If you help others with THEIR vision (what they want to accomplish, do with their family, with their money, team, health, job, etc.), you won’t have any trouble getting people to buy into your vision. Vision starts with: What can I do to help you?
3. HAVE AN OVERWHELMING VISION, PLAN, OR IDEA THAT YOU ARTICULATE VERY WELL: This comes after the other things. Often we skip to step three. It’s easy for people to think that vision starts with having a great, new idea and articulating it well.
First base comes first, and that is based on your own accomplishments. What do you do well? What have you accomplished? What do you care about? What are you a good model at? If someone watched you, how can they improve in that area?
Then, you serve someone else to make them better at who they are and what they do. If you put some investment in helping people be better at who they are, they will get better at what they do, and then they will help you do what you have to do.
Lastly, have the overwhelming vision, plan, or idea that you articulate very well.
That is how you influence people.
Join us next week as Keith Tucci continues to put leadership truth in the context of the local church. And as always, please like, share, rate/review, and invite others to listen. See you next week!