In the book "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership," Maxwell explained that the following can't be assumed as leaders.
Managers can maintain direction but can't change it. Leaders can create positive change and move people to that direction because of their influence.
- Entrepreneurs / Salespeople
They can persuade people for a moment to buy items but not necessarily hold long-term influence with their customers.
- Knowledgeable persons or experts
Having great knowledge (as power) doesn't equate to leadership.
Being the first is not the same as leading.
It is not the position that makes the leader. It is the leader that makes the position.
- Everyone influences someone.
Realizing your potential as a leader is your responsibility.
- We never know who or how much we influence.
- The best investment in the future is a proper influence today.
What kind of an influencer will you be? Positive or negative?
- Influence is a skill that can be developed.
Maxwell cited Robert Dilenschneider, author of Power and Influence: Mastering the Art of Persuasion, for sharing the idea of a "power triangle" comprised of communication, recognition, and influence. You start to communicate effectively. This leads to recognition and recognition in turn leads to influence.
- Level 1: Position.
People follow because they have to.
- Level 2: Permission.
People follow because they want to.
- Level 3: Production
People follow because of what you have done.
- Level 4: People Development
People follow because of what you have done for them.
- Level 5: Personhood
People follow because of who you are and what you represent.
Do you add value?Hard work is required to gain influence and right to become a leader. If you influence people for your own gain, that shall be seen as manipulation. Positive influence can only take place when it presents clear benefits to everyone involved.
Can bloggers be influential?
Blogs and the bloggers behind them have done or given something of value (joy, insight, inspiration, worthy cause, among others) that moves readers, at least most of them, to regard them as influential. How long will it last shall depend on how they'll evolve and mature.