An Influential Leader is Aware

An influential leader remains constantly aware of what happens around him and constantly aware of the context.  Both the ability to see problems coming and the ability to act quickly and decisively depend on being able to fit current events into the background pattern of events stored in memory.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 237

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Things Must Be Detailed and Clear to those Who Follow

The people who follow you don’t always see the bigger picture.  Therefore, you must make things as detailed and clear to them as possible so they will not be frightened to follow you to the destination while you yourself have written down in detail the intermediate steps to that destination.

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

Only Those Who Thrive on Ambiguity

But only those who thrive on ambiguity can start at ground zero and accomplish great things.  Those are the people who have learned influential leadership.  They have made visionary decisions to lead rather than maintain.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 233

These People Never Reach Their Potential

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible obstacles must first be overcome.  People who can’t tolerate ambiguity must have all the answers before they make a move.  They never attain their potential.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 231

Influential Leaders Live a Life of Faith and Trust in God

Influential Leaders live a life of faith and trust in God.  They abandon forever the need for certainty about where they will end up in this life.  As the author of Hebrews says, Abraham did not know where he was going.  But he knew by faith the God who was taking him there.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 230

In Influential Leader Take Responsibility for Actions

An influential leader never hesitates to take responsibility for his actions.  He does not look at the rules but at the value systems behind the rules.  He makes visionary decisions based on the interaction between his value system and his current situation.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 229

What Distinguishes the Influential Leader

What distinguishes the influential leader derives from his ability to live by a statement of faith rather than by the appearance of circumstances around him.  A person who cannot face ambiguity cannot do this.  In the end, any vision expresses a statement of faith.  Man can never have a certainty of tomorrow.  He believes God revealed the vision.  That gives him faith in the vision and motivates him to take the necessary action to realize it.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 228