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Everyone Influences Someone

Sociologists tell us that even the most introverted individual will influence ten thousand other people during his or her lifetime!

This amazing statistic was shared with me by my associate Tim Elmore.

Tim and I concluded that each one of us is both influencing and being influenced by others. That means that all of us are leading in some areas, while in other areas we are being led.

No one is excluded from being a leader or a follower.

Realizing your potential as a leader is your responsibility.

In any given situation with any given group, there is a prominent influencer. The prominent leader of any group is quite easily discovered.

Just observe the people as they gather.

If an issue is to be decided…

  • Who is the person whose opinion seems most valuable?
  • Who is the one others watch the most when the issue is being discussed?
  • Who is the one with whom people quickly agree?
  • Most importantly, who is the one the others follow?

Answers to these questions will help you discern who the real leader is in a particular group.

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💡 What Do You Think?

Whoa. That was quite a mic drop from John Maxwell, wasn't it?

When I read this passage from The Maxwell Daily Reader, I had a comforting realization: even if we don't feel like a leader in one area of our life, it's likely we are leading in another area.

If you've ever doubted your leadership capabilities, Maxwell is frank in telling you to 'WAKE UP' because we're all exerting influence on someone at any given time.

Let's take a look at our workplace... Who is the real leader in yours, and how will that impact the way you lead?

We want to hear from you! Come share your thoughts in the comments below.

~ Gabrielle Reed, Leadership Essentials

John Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 33 million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business and the most influential leadership expert in the world.

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