Leader: How Are You Using Your Power?

By August 3, 2012Church, Leadership

As leaders, we have influence. John Maxwell defines leadership as influence.

Some would say leadership comes with power. I would agree.

Regardless of the size of your following, if people are looking to you as the leader, you have influence.

You have power.

How are you using that influence?

I’m reminded how Jesus used His influence. Do you think He had some power? He had the power of God at His disposal. He was there when stars were set in place and He knew the numbers of hairs on the disciple’s heads. He could command storms to cease and raise dead people from the grave. Power? Yea, I’d say so.

Yet how did Jesus use that power? How did He use His influence?

“…who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave…” (Philippians 2:6-7)

Of course, we can’t miss the part before that part:

“Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus…”

(Philippians 2:5)

So, I’ll ask again…

How are you using your power?

I’m contemplating that answer myself today.

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  • Bryankr

    I teach Youth, with the exception of teaching time, I tend to be very quiet! Not absent, mind you, but quiet. I will introduce topics of discussion, and allow them to “go”. Giving them room to speak, me time to hear what they have learned. When things go a little off topic, I bring them back around, and keep going. I have an influence, but I realize it might hinder their own thoughts and I may never hear what, if anything, they have learned. I get some good ideas for future lessons, as well!

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