Thursday, July 9, 2009

Who's Influencing You?

I can remember when I was a child and right before school was about to start, usually about this time of the year, my parents would concern themselves with who was going to be my teacher for the upcoming school year. They wanted to make sure that I was going to be duly influenced by the right person for the next nine months.

As an adult, I am now more curious as to who is influencing the populace of my generation. Yes, I know we are all concerned about our children, but are equally we concerned with who is influencing us?

Bestselling author and speaker Jim Hunter defines leadership as the “skill of influencing people to enthusiastically work toward goals identified as being for the common good.”

This begs me to ask the following questions: Who is influencing you? How well do you know your leader? Is your leader a person of good character or is your leader a person of questionable character?

Some of you may be saying, “Kelvin, in my company, I don’t have a say-so about who is my leader.”

That may be true but our leaders are everywhere. They are not exclusive to the workplace—there’s your doctor; your minister; your servant leadership director; your elected officials; your workout instructor and so on.

Again, who’s influencing you?

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