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8 ways to Maximize your Influence!

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the opportunity we have to influence others for the sake of the Gospel.  However, I wanted to share with you 8 things that will help you maximize your influence as a Leader, Mentor, Small Group Leader, Disciple Maker, or what ever title you want to give yourself.

Be Yourself
Let’s face it; there is always a temptation to try to be someone we’re not because of the insecurities with in us.  Things like, feeling like you don’t know enough, or that you’re not cool enough, or that you have to lead just like so-and-so to be effective. When we buy into these ideas, it cheapens who God has made us to be and limits how we allow God to use us! Don’t get caught up in the temptation to try to be someone you are not, be yourself and let God use you in the ways he has wired you to be used.

Be Led by the Holy Spirit
Because people are different, every conversation, every activity, and every situation is unique! It is vitally important that you are spending time with the Lord on a regular basis so you can be ready for anything. Remember, we lead out of the overflow of our own relationship with Jesus.  If we haven’t spent time with Him, we will try to lead out of our own power instead of being led by the Supernatural Power of the Holy Spirit.

Be Prepared
Let me make something clear, being led by the Holy Spirit is not at the expense of being prepared.  Before meeting, spend some time thinking about what you are going to teach and how you model it with your life. If you’re not modeling it, begin to model it to establish credibility, integrity, and accountability. Being prepared enables you to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit more clearly because He has already been leading you to the defining moment.

Be Transparent
None of us are perfect! Let me say that again, none of us are perfect! Leaders who act like they have it all together and never share their struggles, challenges, and learning’s, can cause others to struggle with sharing struggles, challenges, and learning’s.  But when a leader uses wisdom and shares appropriate things with the group it can ease the tension and allow others to share the things they are dealing with also. This may be the greatest risk as a leader, but it also has the greatest return when it comes to developing genuine community.

Be a Good Listener
Many times people aren’t looking for an easy answer; they are simply looking to be heard!  Remember, God has given us two ears and one mouth for a reason.  A Good leader knows when to listen and when to talk.

Be Aware
Because we live busy lives, spending a lot of time together can be challenging.  However, with social media being the way it is today, we can keep up with each other through Facebook, Twitter, & or by reading a Blog.  We can leverage our influence with a simple encouraging wall post, message, or comment!  This allows you to stay aware of what’s going on in their life and show them that you care.

When meeting together, watching body language, attitudes, and hearing the things said and seeing the things not said, can allow you to gain great insight to what is going on in their world.  Simply taking the time to be aware will allow you to have a greater relationship and greater influence with the people you are leading.

Be an Example
Nothing is more damaging to a group of people than witnessing the fall of a leader or having a leader that says one thing but then does another.  The reality is this, people may not remember everything they hear you say, but they will remember what you do, how you act/react, and how you live. Invite them into your life and be the living example that they need to see in-order to be more like Jesus!

Be a Friend
Your greatest influence may not be in a teaching or within a small group gathering. Your greatest influence might be gained more effectively through the casual conversation that happens when you hang out as friends.  Take advantage of the everyday things and invite people to participate with you as you watch a game, eat some food, or go to a movie!  You don’t have create new opportunities, just take advantage of the things you will do anyways and invite them along to have fun and simply enjoy hanging out with each other.

God has given you the opportunity to lead and influence others. I hope these 8 things will help you maximize your influence as you challenge others with the truth of the Gospel.

“And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. 8 Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8 (NLT)

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