Responsive Influence

April 1, 2013

Good morning to you. I hope you had  great weekend celebrating the Resurrection.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I just read Leadership is Dead, How Influence is Reviving It by Jeremie Kubicek. I thoroughly leadershipisdeadenjoyed the book and especially Jeremie’s approach to leadership so I will share a few things from his book this week. First a quote from the book – “Leadership is influence. Influence is power. How that power is used comes from the intent of the leader, from the motives of his heart.

Jeremie has a section of the book where he talks about responsive leadership. It’s kind of an interesting name, but here is how he explains responsive leadership:

To understand influence is to understand responsiveness. To be responsive is to be aware of others first, especially as you lead them. The desire to keep improving and increasing in the value of your gifts reflects an attitude of receptiveness. . . To be responsive is to handle authority and influence as a stewardship, not a divine right.

To me, that last sentence is critical to grasp as we lead others. Our leadership of others is a stewardship that is not to be taken lightly – it is others centered. Too many of us treat it as a divine right.

Today, put your eyes first on those you lead.

Share with me what you do to keep your priorities straight as you lead others.

BG