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Everyone Understands What Leadership Means,I Can Tell You That Leadership Is Influence - Osiri Wisdom




Alright, let me drop this my short write and get your feedbacks after reading through


What is leadership?


John C. Maxwell, a great leadership expert, says, "Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less". This is a great definition but over the years I have worked hard to make it more operational and easy to understand by defining leadership as: 



A. "Leadership is EARNED INFLUENCE CREATED by the SERVICE". 

B. "It is the CAPACITY to FEEL the NEEDS of OTHERS and FILL them with the RESOURCES  at his/her DISPOSAL". 


Find these definitions of mine is easier to work with for me. They are more practical for me. They show me what to focus on. 



So from my definitions we see that: 


1. Leadership is INFLUENCE not POSITION 
2. Lasting Influence is EARNED
3. Influence is the PERMISSION received from another person to lead him or her. 
4. Permission is Created through SERVICE
5. Service is VALUE ADDING and PROBLEM SOLVING


So the easiest and fastest to earn influence with someone is serve him or her. 


By the way, this perfectly agrees with the leadership definition Jesus gave his disciples, "He that wants to be the leader (greatest) must be the servant of all". 

(Mark 9:35) 


And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. (‭Luke‬ ‭22‬:‭25-27‬ KJV)



Someone may be saying, "This should be the job of a man not appropriate for women conference". Hmmm, sorry dear, I beg to defer. LEADERSHIP IS NOT GENDER BIAS! 


Or put it differently, you are right and wrong at the same time. The moment you equate POSITION for LEADERSHIP, you discard INFLUENCE. 


Position is not the same as leadership. POSITION ONLY GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP!  

God created both male and female and breathed his breath in both of them. Remember God is the ULTIMATE leader. Anyone can lead. Why? Because anyone can influence. Why? Because everyone, better still, anyone can serve. 


When I understood this, I prayed, "GOD MAY THE INFLUENCE OF MY LEADERSHIP FAR OUT WEIGH THE AUTHORITY OF MY POSITION" 



So, Who is a leader ?


A leader is...

1. Someone who can create positive change for the benefit of others mainly 
2. Someone who sees before others and gives direction
3. Someone who provides solutions to problems proactively 
4. Someone who influences others by "Pulling not Pushing"
5. Someone who knows the way, walks the way and shows the way



That is stepping out of the boat of comfort and complacence and blaze the trail.
That is facing the challenge first, thus preventing others from danger or protecting others by your action

Truly, "Evil only prevails when good people (leaders) do nothing". We all may not have the luxury of being in presidency, but we all have the privilege of doing something positive daily around us. 


"The smallest good deeds is better than the largest great intension". 




Remember, When a leader gets better, everyone on his / her team wins (gets better). 



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