Last week I recorded an interview with a podcast guest (to see episodes visit www.UnleashingYourLeadership.com) which will air next month. In the interview he talked about leadership that goes “beyond influence.”
He explained it this way, that this is leadership that extends beyond the people we are in direct contact with, that it impacts people they know, and people they know, and so forth.
Like waves in a pond, such leadership ripples out well beyond the first wave of people who are touched by it.
Recently the man I regard as my “spiritual father” passed away at the age of 88. “Pastor Ollie,” as he was affectionately called, discipled me for four years during my early years as a Christian. His impact on my life, in everything from genuine discipleship to apologetics to the biblical basis for calling, was so transformational that it’s taken me literally decades to fully appreciate it.
Looking at how my life was changed by Ollie’s influence, I also see how I have influenced the lives of others. For instance, he guided me to understand how, for the true disciple, Christianity is not a segmented faith. There is no “sacred/secular” divide. We live out who God has called us to be in every sphere of life as we advance His kingdom in every sphere of life.
As I have lived this out I have come across countless Christians over the years who were never the beneficiary of such wise, biblical teaching. I have been able to pass on to them what Ollie passed on to me, and I’ve heard stories of how some of them have passed this on to others.
Ripples in the pond.
Leadership that goes beyond influence.
Thank you, Pastor Ollie, for your leadership that went beyond influence. Let us all aspire to be such leaders in God’s kingdom.
Would you like to unpack this with me? Then I look forward to corresponding with you.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.