John Maxwell’s second irrefutable law of leadership is leadership is influence. Leadership isn’t about position. It is about influence. In the last post I looked at those who have a majority of influencing talents. These people are natural leaders. These people are the minority. What about the rest of us?
Proverbs 22:29 says, ‘Do you see someone who works skilfully? This person will stand in the presence of kings rather than with obscure people.’ The idea of this verse is that the more skilful you get at doing something more people will be interested in what you do. If you become very skilful then even the most influential people in the country will be interested. In other words the more skilful you become with something the more influence that will give you.
Strengths coaching theory says, that if you focus on activities that use your natural talents you will get more skilful in those areas quickly. This means that focusing on activities that use your natural talents you will naturally increase in your influence much more quickly than focusing on other activities.
So how do we gain in influence? Not by using the techniques and natural talents of those who are gifted in influencing. We do so by being more of the person that God has created us to be. When we understand our talents, develop them and focus on them, we will have influence and we will be better leaders.