It’s been said that, “Leadership is Influence”. John Maxwell is most often credited with the quote, but it’s an old truth; one history reveals in powerful stories of success and failure. As I thought and prayed through the end/beginning of the year, there’s a scripture passage still on my mind. It’s where Paul explains his approach to influencing the people God entrusted to him. Take a look:
“When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” – I Corinthians 2:1-5 HCSB
Think about it. Here was a man very capable and experienced in leadership, but:
- He didn’t rely on excellence of speech
- He was determined to focus only on Christ and Him crucified
- He went in weakness, fear and trembling
- He wasn’t dependent on persuasive words of wisdom
- He wanted their faith to be specifically in God’s power.
In other words, Paul didn’t want them to have great faith in him, but in God. We should always do things with excellence (Col. 3:23) but here’s what I’m asking myself,
“What is the lasting effect of my leadership, and
what is the true nature of my influence?”
My prayer is to somehow “get over myself” and effectively point people to the power of Christ in their life. In reality, it may mean speaking less, or speaking more (depending on circumstances). It may involve less reliance on strategy and more on God, and for me, I’m quite certain it means more prayer. How about you?