In a recent Leadership Promises daily devotional, I read that even a really introverted person will influence 10,000 people in his or her lifetime. That’s a lot of people! Of course, that influence may be fleeting, but it doesn’t minimize the impact that we can have.
This interesting stat brought to mind something we should all remember: We are not excused from leadership’s calling. Even when we don’t want to influence or don’t feel like influencing, we are still influencing.
And because you are always influencing, you are always leading. Leading isn’t always a choice; often it’s a responsibility we must bear.
When you choose to serve the team, you’re leading.
When you choose not to participate, you’re leading.
When you exude positivity in challenging times, you’re leading.
When you exude negativity in challenging times, you’re leading.
When you take ownership for the failure, you’re leading.
When you deflect responsibility for the failure, you’re leading.
When you take privileges and when you sacrifice, when you are feeling cheerful and feeling grumpy, when you are walking into the office and when you shut it down for the day, you are leading.
No one is excused from influencing others. Be aware of the influence you have on others and steward it carefully.