You may feel that you can’t really make much of a difference, or maybe that you can only influence those younger than you. Today, we want to encourage you to live out this quote from John C. Maxwell:
“Leadership is more disposition than position—influence others from wherever you are.”
― John C. Maxwell, The 360 Degree Leader.
Disposition refers to how you are made – your character, how you express your emotions, and your attitude to life.
John C. Maxwell writes to encourage us that we can influence others from above, alongside, and below. The way in which you act and live your life will influence those younger than you, your friends, and teachers/leaders around you.
As you allow the Holy Spirit to transform you and your character, you will have an impact beyond what you can imagine; but if you block out this transformation, then your level of influence will be limited. – Remember, influence is not about control.You can try controlling people, but that won’t be healthy, and probably won’t last long.
Instead, influence others by your character, and that will leave a lasting impression.
Take a few moments to pray.
- Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit, and transform your life.
- Allow Him to reveal areas of your life where you are trying to control rather than influence.
- Ask God to give you a heart that reaches out for others and seeks God’s best for their lives.
What would you say is the number 1 characteristic a leader should aspire to have?
Being a good speaker? Wisdom? Faith? Courage?… These are all good qualities, but what about integrity?
Integrity is about being the same person when no-one is looking, as you are when you’re with your friends, or at church, or with your family. Integrity is about always telling the truth, and living a life that refuses to contradict itself.
When we talk about leadership at Rise Up, we talk about influence, and influence is all about relationships. At the heart of good leadership are good relationships – and if we want good relationships, then we need integrity.
What do you look for in a friend?
One of the key things I look for is truthfulness. I want to know that if I ask my friends a question, they’re going to give me an honest answer; a real answer, rather than what they think I want to hear.
Deep down, we’re all looking for these “real answers”, an as leaders and people of influence, real answers are what we should be looking to give.
Unless we step up and live a life of integrity, we’ll never be the people of real answers that the world is looking for.
No, we don’t have to have all the answers, and yes we will make mistakes and miss the mark, but maybe today is the day to ask God to build you up as a person if integrity.
Rise Up is an incredible leadership training programme that has transformed so many young people’s lives, myself included. The close mentoring relationship was a real highlight for me as it meant that I always had someone to turn to whenever I needed. It provided me with someone that I could challenge with all of those life questions and just sit with when we didn’t know the answer (which was most of the time!). Having someone to encourage me in my prayer life and daily bible reading was also an invaluable experience that has kick started a habit that desperately needed starting! I cannot over-emphasise the benefits of having a mentor and the impact that it had on my life. During my year of Rise Up, my relationship with God transformed and, although not without its challenges, it could not have been better.
The three Rise Up Training Days throughout the year were also exceptional and allowed everyone on the programme to come together and share. The activities and sessions were extremely thought-provoking and always left me extremely challenged and ready to take my faith to another level. It was fantastic to be with so many people my age, all sharing one belief and growing together. The whole experience left me thirsty for more and led me to complete a second year, Rise Up Academy, which took everything to a whole new dimension again! Being able to get to know one another and share our thoughts, struggles and blessings over pizza was a great encouragement throughout the stresses of completing A levels, and a real life-ring.
Overall, I would recommend Rise Up to every young person that wants to be transformed and wants to see their faith ignite. I can’t thank Ray and the team enough for everything they have done for the programme and all the lives they have touched. The time and effort that they put in does not go unnoticed and makes the whole thing entirely worthwhile. So, in a sentence: Do Rise Up, and you won’t be left disappointed!