Accepting God’s Gifts for What They Are

Guilt also stifles self-confidence.  Perhaps you have been programmed to feel guilty for having special gifts of power or skills.  Those are gifts from God, and you should not feel guilty about them.  Perhaps you feel you constantly fail to achieve God’s high standards.  Perhaps your personal appearance or a physical handicap bothers you.  If you cannot change these things, accept them.  Start by accepting yourself just as you are.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 220

The Influential Leader Does Not Try to be Somebody Else

The influential leader does not try to be somebody else.  You can have true inner authority only if you are at peace with your inner self – if you understand that you are a person worth following.  To reach that point you must first discover yourself.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 219

Authority and Power Are Two Different Things

Having authority and liking to hold power are two quite different things.  Power holders enjoy dominating others.  In some cases they may regard this as more important than discharging the duties of their office.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 211

Authority is an Inner Quality

Authority is an inner quality.  Influential leaders possess it regardless of their job or position in society.  It enables them to command the respect of others, and motivates others to accept their leadership.  It does not depend on any external factors.  You can have exclusive club memberships, outstanding pedigree, high office and good looks – and still lack the authority essential to influential leaderships.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 211

Before the Crisis Hits…

Before crisis moments hit, resolve to make visionary decisions that will build sustainability:

  • Be there at the end by remembering your vision
  • Be there at the end by focusing on your goals
  • Be there at the end by  visualizing the future
  • Be there at the end by knowing how to relax
  • Be there at the end by devouring biographies

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 204-205