Sociologists tell us that even the most introverted person will still influence 10,000 others in an average life time. In other words, even the most bashful person in your social circle is an influencer. But imagine how impactful your influence could be if you were intentional about it.
Influence is about leadership. Because a title can crown someone with authority; but only influence will grant someone true leadership.
According to Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders, leadership is more about you "pursuing a 'calling' in life - a calling with which he will influence others in its fulfillment."
Leadership has more to do with finding your area of strength, and in using that strength, you'll naturally influence others in a positive way. This is the mark of leadership today: using your influence for a worthwhile cause.
Once you find your strength, that unique contribution only you can make, you come alive and become the right one to lead in that area. This is the area where you fulfill your purpose and leverage your greatest influence.
We all have the responsibility to do what we can, with what we have, where we are.
If you are leveraging your strengths and using it to create positive impact your world, and I am doing the same, then we are all leading in some way. Everyone leads and influences in their area of genius. There is a thriving economy of influence for everyone to participate in.
Leadership is about serving others in the area of our giftedness.
Influence is about becoming the person we were meant to be. It is about becoming a leader in the area of our strengths. According Psychology Today, leadership "is less about position and more about disposition; it is not so much about superiority but about service in the area of our strengths."
Now, more than ever, it is possible to use your influence to do work you love, lead others, and create a positive impact in the world.
Now, it's your turn.