Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 186

Scripture Passage: 1 Samuel 19:1-2
Influence and not Position Makes a Leader
Saul was king of Israel, but David gained influence when he killed Goliath. His influence became more apparent when Saul ordered his death. The Bible says, “But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:”
The lesson here is this; influence and not position makes a leader. A person without influence is not a leader although he may occupy a position of leadership. There is nothing wrong with occupying a position of leadership but if you really want people to follow you, influence is what you require. Occupying a position of leadership is not a guarantee that people will follow you. Jonathan refused to follow Saul in his plot to kill David.
Prayer: Father, help me to gain influence with those I lead.

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