Take the music industry as an example. Years ago, people had to be picked by record labels, to be approved by them, to get their music out to listeners. Today, you can record your own music, put it on iTunes or YouTube, and millions can hear it and be influenced by it. This is a great example of not waiting for some “Jonny Bravo” leadership feeling to come on you before you step out, but to pick yourself and lead in your area of influence.
If I want to be very intentional about using my influence, the best thing I can do is equip myself as a leader. Whether you are a leader of two people or a leader of thousands, you can always improve your leadership. It is great to carry natural influence, but leadership training is essential to getting consistent results in your leadership and maintaining unity amongst those who follow you.
The world is not short of good leaders. What we need are Kingdom leaders! Men and woman who know how to lead from a Biblical worldview with the heart and the values of the Kingdom. This generation is at a tipping point, a point calling out for Kingdom leaders to rise up and take action. There is a leadership vacuum that needs to be filled with a generation of leaders who understand their responsibility of leadership and who use their measure of influence to advance the Kingdom of God and not for selfish ambition.