Leadership is not about power, control or authority.
Leadership is about influence.
In 1 Samuel, we learn that Samuel’s legacy as a prophet began when he was 13 years old, and God had anointed him for this position. By the time Samuel had become a grown man he had become an important public figure and people had known him for being a prophet of God.
“So the children of Israel said to Samuel, ‘Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines’.” ~ 1 Samuel 7:8
Samuel had clearly become a leader - an influencer. What made the people listen to Samuel? At least three indispensable qualities gained him the influence he won:
Competence– God blessed Samuel with many gifts. He heard from the Lord, he could see the future unfold, and he wisely knew what to do in a crisis. His abilities provided one reason that everyone listened to him.
Character– Unlike Eli, Samuel exuded integrity and honestly faced each area of his life. People trusted him and knew that he had Israel’s best interests in mind. They considered Samuel utterly trustworthy and depended upon him to intercede for them with God.
Connection– Samuel knew how to connect with people; he spoke their language. He expressed compassion for their predicaments and brought courage to their pursuits.
Fortunately for us, the formula for Samuel’s success still works today wherever we find ourselves:
Competence + Character + Connection = Influence
As we start this week, let's remember to be influencers in our homes, work and communities.
Learning together to be Influenced by Jesus Christ to be influencers in our world...