How is your Influence?

When was the last time you reflected on your influence?

Who influences you?
Who do you influence?

John Maxwell says that leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less. Without it you are not a leader. The disappointing factor is that many would-be leaders forget this.

You will be influencing.
Whether it is the right kind of influence is what you need to assess. Influence MUST be intentional. Ask yourself…who can you influence today? In what way will you influence someone to make it worthwhile?

Your ability to influence is essential to your success.

1. Think about who your are influencing
2. Look around at those who are in your crowd
3. Decide who you could invest in & be intentional about how you will influence them
4. Go for it

What Makes A Leader?

Asked this question at XTR last Thursday as it is a great starting point for anyone who wants to understand the idea of leadership.

What Makes A Leader?

I’ll leave this post empty…would love to just hear your ideas

If you don’t have an opinion as to what you think makes a leader then you have nothing to aim for. You have nothing to measure yourself against, you have no identified areas that need improvement. All great leaders are always endeavouring to improve themselves.

Let’s make a list, leave some thoughts & create a leadership journey for ourselves and others.

XTR: Leadership Lessons

Everything rises and falls on leadership.
Everyone is a leader – if only it’s yourself that you lead.

For over 12 years I have been involved in some form of leadership training, development & coaching. I do just love it. I’m not declaring myself an expert but I do probably have something to say on the subject!

…let’s learn together
…let’s discover some leadership truths that can help us become better leaders
…let’s take the wisdom of John Maxwell and unpack some of the 21 Laws of Leadership

It will involve some challenge.
It will involve some honest reflection.
It will involve some change.
It will however, be fun, and extremely worthwhile!!

Get involved in the next XTR session…sign up here. Even better: it’s FREE!!

[Get your own copy here]

The Leadership Challenge

One of my favourite things is leadership training. For 10 years one of my main roles within the youth programme at Xcel Church was being the Leadership Coach…taking a bunch of would-be leaders, investing in them and providing them with every opportunity to grow.

It is one of the greatest challenges.
It is one of the most frustrating things you can do.
You see the potential in them.
You discover diamonds in the rough.
Then you have to dig it out…it can be messy, hard work and many times, despite your best efforts the rewards are not what you hoped for.

So here’s an open invitation…
This Sunday morning at Xcel Darlington…before the meeting starts…8.45AM. Leadership Training. 30 minutes packed full of leadership wisdom, challenge and ideas.

If you are up for it sign up here!

Vision Night

I really enjoy doing training sessions. A 30-minute session is a challenge but I hope that those who participated tonight managed to get something from it. The pace was fast but the comments were great.

You have to stick with what you know best so I stuck with leadership. Becoming the person you need to be to make the difference you want to make. Used the book You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn as the basis for teaching. It’s an easy read but packed full of useful and challenging thinking about leadership. The influence and inspiration come from the person not the position. This means, anyone can make a difference if they adopt the right habits.

Self-Mastery – thinking like the person you want to become; make time to think
Focus – an intentional choice that stops you from drifting
People Power – gaining the support and cooperation of others; more than just talking
Persuasive Communication – understanding that it’s the impact of what you say, not how long you say it for
Execution – how can you implement more; you build a reputation based on what you do – not just good intentions
Giving – live to make the world a better place for others, you win too

Tried to make it as practical as possible. If you were there – what’s the biggest challenge for you in applying these ideas to your world?

I Love Leadership Development

Spent 30 minutes with a small group from Xcel Darlington early yesterday morning, talking leadership and starting to open up the topic. Loved it, haven’t done that for so long. Hope they found it worth while.

A jammed 30 mins full of the following…

…Exodus 18: Moses & the qualities of leaders, the way to increase your leadership capacity, levels of leading 10, 50’s, 100’s & 1000’s
…discussed some great questions: what makes a leader, how do you become a leader, are leaders born or made, why are they important?
…expectations v privileges: the willingness to do what it takes to be a leader and not just enjoy the reserved parking
…be the best you can be at the moment: stop looking ahead at the positions and be great at what you do now
…invest in yourself: become a learning machine, recommended read: You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn. Get a copy here.

Next time round we will look at Rights v Responsibilities, amongst other stuff. All with the purpose of increasing our capacity, becoming the leaders God wants us to become, to grow Xcel Church Darlington.