According to John Maxwell everything rises and falls on leadership. This is true for governments, families, churches, sports teams and more. Look at the world around you today and you will see how this pattern plays out in every aspect of life.
Perhaps it’s more apparent in sports. When a team is underperforming and not getting the required results the head coach is the one that usually gets cut from the team. Some people might think that it’s a couple of the players or a certain player that have to go.
A new coach is normally brought in ideally to turn around the team’s fortunes and it works. The new coach and previous coach would have had more or less the same players but the results between them will be different. The difference lies in the leadership skills that each coach possesses.
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” ~ Luke 12:48
Leadership is a responsibility, not a perk as the world sees it. Most people feel like a big boss when they are put in a position of leadership (which isn’t real leadership because it’s delegated). The qualities of a leader translate into influence on the people following the leader.
Here are 3 things to remember when you are leading people in any capacity:
1. People are looking up to you
Being a leader or being placed in a position of leadership puts you on a platform that makes you stand out. As someone that stands out people are going to be watching every move you make. That’s the difference between a leader and a follower. When as a leader you know that people are watching you it raises your awareness level. This leads us to the next point.
2. Your behavior affects your followers
Unfortunately most people think that their private lives have nothing to do with how people will relate to them. You will realize this with many celebrities today. They are one thing in public and another in private. What I have learned is that a person’s true character is seen in what they do in private.
With celebrities and other high profile people their lives are hardly private as seen by all the tabloids on the Internet and magazines. I’m sure you have realized how other people (especially the youth) model themselves after them. Therefore, as a leader you have the pressure to stay upright so that you do not mislead your followers.
3. God will hold you accountable
As illustrated in the scripture I shared earlier God will expect you to produce good fruit according to the measure given to you. Instead of thinking about leadership as a personal benefit realize that it is a serious responsibility. People’s lives have been put into your care and God will hold you accountable for the influence that you will have on their lives.
Once you understand the qualities of a leader you are on the right track to becoming a person of real influence. Remember these points that I have shared.