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The Most Powerful Element in Leadership

During this global pandemic, much of our focus is necessarily on preventing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus among our family and friends. But what if we spent more of our time focusing on what we DO want to spread to others — our Christian faith?

This year has given families more time than ever together at home. This is a unique opportunity to pass on to our children not just who we are, but also who we genuinely desire to become in Christ.

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In this week’s featured podcast, author and Bible teacher Beth Moore discusses “The Most Powerful Element in Leadership,” based in part on the book Seizing Your Divine Moment, by Erwin McManus. She explores the concept that true leadership is seated in influence, not in “bossing.” She uses the example of Jonathan and his armor-bearer from 1 Samuel 14 and quotes McManus’ book:

Title, position, and authority may hold power, but influence travels through relationships. And in the end, influence is the fountainhead of power.

The armor-bearer’s response (1 Samuel 14:7) unlocked the power of influence: “Do all that you have in mind. Go ahead: I am with you heart and soul.” This is the essence of influence, to win the heart and soul of another person through the strength of your own character and personhood. This is why influence is always more powerful than authority. Authority can shape what a person does, but influence shapes who a person becomes. Influence is born out of trust and finds its strength in the connection of heart and soul.

Seizing Your Divine Moment, p.109-110

Parents, students, and leaders of all kind will benefit from this important message. Take time to listen today, and make the most of the influence God gives each of us in every area of life!

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Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. — Hebrews 13:7

Read more on the PCS blog about leadership within your family, our school, and our community.

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