How Humility Enhances a Leader’s Influence

Humility enhances the influence of the leader because people follow more enthusiastically when they perceive the leader to have selfless and worthy motives.  This has a practical result – the leader who acts with humility comes closer to achieving his objectives.  Why?  Because the objectives of leadership involves the highest good of the group, not the leader’s self-aggrandizement.  Humility allows the leader to feel fulfillment in seeing the group move toward the achievement of its purpose.  Leaders lacking this quality soon lose credibility.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 91

Humility Gives Tensile Strength to Leadership

Contrary to popular opinion, humility gives tensile strength to leadership.  If you hope to rise to your potential as a leader, you’ll do well to meet criticism with tranquility and pleasantness.  This approach strengthens your spirit, give added thrust to your work and wins the respect of other.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 89

Lao-tzu’s Observations on the Successful Leader

Lao-tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher, made a wise observation about the successful leader:

  • He does things without desire for control
  • He lives without thought for private ownership
  • He gives without the wish for return
  • Because he does not claim credit for himself, he always receives credit

Influential Leaders are willing to put this in practice.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 88

Love Accomplishes What the Others Cannot

People will not willingly follow an unreliable leader.  They want one who can be trusted.  This kind of love in the leader makes others desire to follow.  Love accomplishes what neither fame nor force, muscle nor manipulation can attain.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 85

Faithfulness Characterizes the Influential Leader

Do you stay true to your word, even in small matters?  When you keep your promises, you set a pattern of behavior that assures others they can do business with you.  Its essence lies in honoring commitments – to yourself, to others, to the organizations, to your family, and fundamentally to God.  Faithfulness characterizes the influential leader.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 84

The Value of Leading By Example

The leader who displays goodness will not force his standards on others.  Her will never engage in such counterproductive  behavior, because she knows people do not respond well to being harried and criticized.  At best, they adopt their superior’s code of behavior as a way of currying favor and increasing their power.  The good leader will lead by example, encouraging others to imitate her behavior and internalize it.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 84

Any Leader Can Get Angry, What Matters is the Response

Any leader can get angry.  The effective leader controls his temper.  No matter what the provocation, he or she will not stoop to respond with patronizing contempt or brutal vindictiveness.  Love always advises patience.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 82