Influence: the action that results in causing change in someone without using force or coercion.
An influential leader is someone who has a positive impact on the people and the organization which he or she serves and does so consistently over a long period of time. These leaders are not super-human, but they are different. What makes them influential leaders is first who they are and second what they do.
Regardless of our position, we all can be leaders that have a positive influence. Why? Because positive influence does not require a position, only a relationship. Each of us has intrinsic worth and the ability to influence or lead, some on a large scale and others on a small scale.
The following are the three commitments that we believe leaders need to make in order to be effective and have a positive influence. Put these on your desk or somewhere visible as a constant reminder to lead well.
Jay Desko is the Executive Director of The Center and serves on the Senior Leadership Team at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Jay brings experience in the areas of ministry assessment, leadership coaching, decision-making, and strategic questioning. Jay’s degrees include a B.S. in Bible, a M.Ed in Instructional Systems Design and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.