“The Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24–26, NIV 1984).
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25–28, NIV 1984).
My Musings – When you’re a leader, “you get automatic influence over those [you lead] because of your position of power. But it’s personal power well-wielded that separates the very best… The best at this know it’s about relationships, not reporting lines. Their efforts yield commitment versus compliance. They know it’s about being a facilitator, not a fixer, and that it’s about helping others improve, not proving their own depth of knowledge.” (Scott Mautz, Leading From The Middle).
Whether or not we realize it, there are many people in our lives where we have influence. The question we must ask ourselves is whether the influence is “well-wielded?” You can tell by how they respond — commitment or compliance.
My Advice – How our we doing? Is it about relationship or not? “Every once in a while we all need a mirror held up in front of ourselves.” When we exercise our influence we must do our best to make it “a teachable moment, not a preachable moment.” (Scott Mautz, Leading From The Middle). Let’s wield our power well.