Leadership is Influence

Leadership is Influence

By: Gary Bergenske


“Leadership is influence” stated John Maxwell.  Through a variety of techniques a leader impacts the lives of others.  The rewarding feeling of making a difference sparks the leader to continue this role. 


Individuals are recognized as leaders due to their actions.  By leading through example, one gains the respect of others who in return follow the lead.  Through motivation and believing in others a leader becomes successful.  Humility enables a leader to stay on top.


In order to be a good leader, more is needed than the ability to delegate.  Leading through example is, indeed, the most important aspect of leadership.  When others notice that the leader is actively involved they are more likely to become involved also.  In a voluntary organization like the Shriners, leading by example not only promotes good teamwork, but also creates enthusiasm and excitement as people want to join in the fun.


All leaders that rise and stay on the top are respected and humble.  A leader is not better than anybody else.  There are times when no one wants to do something that must be done.  It is at those times that a leader must take on the dirty work or perhaps do a little task  that no one will even recognize.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A great man is always willing to be little.’


Leaders, by believing in themselves and everyone that surrounds them have the ability to achieve higher dreams.  When believing starts from within one person it begins to spread and grow into others.  A leader is able to make others believe through inspiration.  A leader makes people realize their full potential and push it further.  In speaking of the leadership of Vince Lombardi, Jerry Kramer remarked, “He made us all better than we thought we could be.”  This is the true sign of a great leader.  Leaders are able to bring out another side of an individual.  Leaders are always optimistic and never, never lose hope.


Great leaders have an uncanny belief and vision to do their best, whatever it takes, to make the project successful.  Leaders never stop believing in themselves or their followers.  Belief is knowledge that we can do something.  It’s the inner feeling that what we undertake, we can accomplish.  For the most part, all of us have the ability to look at something and to know whether or not we can do it.  So in belief, there is power; our eyes are opened; our opportunities become plain; our visions become realities.  Believing is a key to achieving and it is contagious.


Motivation creates a leader.  A leader is able to motivate others because of their own commitment, desire, character, love, sacrifice, and integrity.  Through these attributes others are inspired.  Motivation makes an individual want to do their best.


Leadership qualities can become a bigger part of everyone’s life through continued education, growth, and the setting of goals.  Growth is the process of responding to change for the better.  Setting goals will give you the clear objectives to be a motivator and a true leader.  True leaders are not born, they are developed by individuals that posses the  wants, and desires to dedicate themselves to becoming one.  The decision is up to you, what kind of leader do you want to become?



Life is queer with its twist and turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When he might have won had he stuck it out,

Do not give up though the race seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow.


Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far.

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,

It’s when things seem worse,

That you must not quit.


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