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Lead with Wisdom: How Wisdom Transforms Good Leaders into Great Leaders by Mark Mark Strom Strom

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CHAPTER 5

Influence

To lead is to influence

Leaders unavoidably influence

John Maxwell rightly observes that ‘the only measure of our leadership is the influence we have had upon others’.[1] So how do we influence wisely and well?

We engage with others to enable them to change in trust and mood, meaning and action.

We trust relationship, not position, to effect change in hearts and minds.

Influence is a knife-edge. We have all seen abusiveness and manipulation dressed up as leadership. As a young man I saw that in myself and avoided leadership for many years after. But influence needn’t be a dirty word. Indeed, there is something deeply human, ...

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