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April 13, 2017

If you can influence you can lead - guest post

If you have lived long enough, engaged in business, served in the military, or participated in sports, you have your own ideas regarding “leaders” and “leadership.”

You’ve had parents, teachers, and employers who have taught you about leadership.

You have observed political figures in the media.

Examples of leadership are everywhere.

How do you define leadership? Whether at home, work, or within your community, do you consider yourself a leader?

Leadership has many definitions.


One definition is the ability to influence. Since each and every one of us has the ability to influence, I’ll challenge you to accept that every day you live your life, you have the opportunity to be a leader.

I’ve heard it said; “The effect you have on others is the greatest currency there is.” How are you using your “currency”, your leadership, your influence?

Everything you do or don’t do, say or don’t say, will have an impact and influence those around you. My challenge to all of us, is to take this role seriously.

We expect those in power, responsible for our well-being, to be good leaders. If we hold them to a higher level, we should expect nothing less from ourselves.
We look to our leaders as public servants and expect them to “serve” us and our best interests.

As a leader, look for opportunities on a daily basis to be a positive influence, and make a difference in the world around you. Lend a helping hand, speak an encouraging word, or share a smile.

Maybe your leadership starts within your own family, neighborhood, community or job.
When I was raised, my parents always encouraged me to treat people the way I would like to be treated.

This is such a basic principle, one that still holds true today.

Leadership isn’t difficult if you make a choice to treat the people in your life the way you would like to be treated.

Be a leader and use your influence to positively impact those around you.

Lead selflessly with integrity, compassion, humility, and forgiveness.

If we take our leadership roles seriously, just imagine what a wonderful world this would be.

Bob Zimmermann is a Naval Academy graduate and a current Captain for United Airlines. He is a partner with Vector Academy. He is a motivational speaker focusing on leadership and human performance training.

  • Posted 4.13.17 at 05:31 am by Roy Osing
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