I finished week 2 in John Maxwell’s The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day. This week’s reading was about the Law of Influence. Maxwell analyzed the effectiveness of the Old Testament Biblical character Joshua during the different stages of his life.
On page 19 Maxwell writes, “Leadership is influence-nothing more, nothing less.” According to Maxwell’s definition we all exhibit leadership because we all have a certain degree of influence. The questions is whether our influence is producing positive, productive results or negative, unproductive outcomes.
Maxwell concludes his teaching on the law of influence with the following 4 principles:
- Leadership impact increases as influence increases.
- When a leader has little influence, little can be accomplished.
- When a leader has much influence, much can be accomplished.
- When a leader places family first, future generations will be blessed.
Who would be on your short list of positive, productive leaders?