The Influence that Makes You a Leader

The Influence that Makes You a Leader

Posted on May 18, 2017

BY DAVID BELL, PASTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Let’s talk about one of the many buzzwords of our culture: leaders

Opportunities abound for leadership development. It’s the new trendy degree in academia and the hottest topic within the marketplace. Conferences that claim to develop leaders continue to pop up left and right and theories, principles, and laws of leadership are written in more books than one could read in a lifetime. 
 
Why are they so important? Why do we invest so much time, energy, and money into developing them? Who are they in the first place? 


Leaders are the fuel behind the engines that propel our world forward. They’re everywhere, making sure what needs to happen indeed happens. They are present to see the community in which they have influence accomplish their purpose––be it a business, a volunteer team, or a non-profit organization. This is true within the church as well. Leaders are vital to the mission of God.

In fact, nothing is more significant to leadership than the leader themselves, specifically the character of the leader. A leader is one who takes intentional responsibility for the influence that they have. And everyone has influence. A child is not the leader in a home, but their temper tantrum certainly influences life within that home. An intern at a hospital is not leading the hospital, or even leading the decision-making within a hospital room, but they can certainly influence the space around them. Everyone has influence. You could even say everyone is a leader.
 
The Center for Church Leadership defines leaders as those who understand that they have influence and take intentional responsibility for that influence so that others flourish. As followers of Jesus, this influence is most distinctly marked by the leader themselves being transformed to be and do, live and act, like Jesus. 
 
This character transformation is the most impactful and important aspect of their leadership. It supersedes their talents, gifting, education, and skills. All of that crumbles when the leader has no character. Sure, leaders could fail if the skills and talents are lacking, but that doesn’t necessarily lead to shame or the need for apologies and reparation. 
 
However, when the leader fails because of lack of character, the collateral damage becomes the gift that keeps on giving. The impact is far-reaching and ongoing. It calls the leader to humility in the form of confession, repentance, and reconciliation, if they choose it.
 
Think of the most influential leaders in your life who you respect and go to for advice. They are leaders who are different because they have recognized the wounding in their life, their sinful choices and brokenness, and opened themselves in surrender and trust to the Holy Spirit, allowing God to transform their character to be like Jesus. To be forgiven, healed, set free, and transformed, not just once and for all, but again and again, as God reveals brokenness in their life. 
 
The power of this transformed and transforming presence of the leader is why the “who” of leadership is the most important aspect of leadership. It’s why the heart of leadership is developing leaders who serve out of their transformed and transforming presence.  And it is why we as a church now have the Center for Church Leadership: so we can better identify, develop, and equip more of these kinds of transformed leaders. 
 
For more information about the Center for Church Leadership, check out gracechurch.us/leadership
 

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Comments

Hi dad you are a good speaker and you write like a pro.

Posted by Hudson Bell on May 21, 2017 @ 7:49 pm

Hi dad you are a good speaker.

Posted by Hudson Bell on May 21, 2017 @ 7:47 pm

Hi dad you are a good speaker.

Posted by Hudson Bell on May 21, 2017 @ 7:47 pm