12.12.12. @Pontifex. That’s when the Pope Benedict XIV starts tweeting. The Pope is globally influential and commands great respect. I marvel at how influence works. People willfully give you their heart, body and soul. It’s a scary concept.
Once watching a Beyonce concert, I saw a fan hold up the sign that said, “I am yours”. He was not forced. He paid for the concert and willfully offered himself. According to John Maxwell, that’s the Law of Influence and it states that: the true measurement of leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.
Influence brings a few things to mind. One, it is hard to influence anyone if you’re not adding value to them. Two, it is great responsibility. Three, abuse and influence is a bad mix. I’m yet to see anyone who abused influence and had an easy time.
There’s a leadership proverb that says, “He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk”.
In Maxwell’s words, “If you can’t influence people, then they will not follow you. And if people won’t follow you, you are not a leader”.
Are you taking a walk?