Influence - Used, Abused Or Wasted

There is an ongoing conversation about what a leader looks like, what skills they have that sets them apart and what gender is allowed to hold this special title.  


The definition of influence is:

 the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.


effect, impact; control, sway, hold, power, authority, mastery;

guidance, direction 


“I believe every single one of us has influence, I believe every single one of us is a leader, I believe every single one of us can change the world around us, and I believe that together we can change the world for Jesus.”


You have influence, that fact alone makes you a leader. How you use it defines whether or not you are a bad leader, good leader or a great leader.  As I put it in my soon to be released study titled Influence – Used, Abused or Wasted: “Your acknowledgment of influence or lack of does not change the fact that you have it. Because we were created to do life in community, we will always have influence.  We will use it, abuse it or waste it.  The choice is yours to make.”


Nobody wants to waste influence, some of us abuse it, but every single one of us needs to use it to change the world for Jesus.  It’s the reason we all have a voice and not just some of us. Jesus gave each and every one of us an equal opportunity to change the world around us.  Much of your world will be changed not by the position or title you hold, but by the influence you have and how you use it.


“The choice to use your influence to change your world is yours and starts with one decision, the acknowledgment that you have influence, you are a leader, and you can change your world for Jesus.”