The New Sheriff: The Leaders Influence

Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land….. And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. Joshua 1:13‭, ‬16 KJV

Leadership is not in your size even though that may help a little. It is the ability to command influence, that make great leaders. Influence is the act of producing result without much exertion of power or force. What Joshua has just demonstrated in these two verses give us a consolation about the conclusion of Moses. Well, today, the Sheriff is at work. He’s different from Moses, he reminds the people of what Moses had said. David Abioye, a Nigerian Minister says, ” Leadership becomes rewarding and fulfilling more when followership is not by force. Forcing people to follow brings about frustration and hypocrisy but influencing them to follow results in transparency. Make people follow you by cooperation rather than by coercion. Joshua didn’t read that, because, it came from a blog post in January, 2022. Perhaps John Maxwell is the maestro in the art of Influence. His masterpiece, ”Becoming a Person of Influence”, published in 1997 is a must read. In 2013 along with Jim Dorian, they added salt to injury by writing: ”How To Influence People, and Make a Difference’:. The greatest influencer in leadership is non other that Jesus Christ. He led twelve men to change the world forever. Two hundred years after, his words still rule the world: My sheep heareth my voice. See the people’s answer in Joshua. That is called leadership.

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