Becoming a Person that Others Want to Follow – Part 1

under blue umbrella

True leadership is like an umbrella

Michael Korda, the author of the book “Power” was asked to devise a list of the most powerful people in America. His article was titled, “The Gradual Decline and Total Collapse of Nearly Everyone.” He said in his article “Not so long ago teachers ran their classes; generals ran the army, policemen were feared and obeyed; college presidents were respected figures and so on down the line. America was, in effect, ruled by authority figures.” He went on to say that throughout the years power had led to abuse, therefore America felt they could do with out it. He expressed that America is depleting itself of strong and effective leaders.

Whether you subscribe to Michael Korda’s opinion or not, you must agree that strong figures in America that have influence, respect, authority and admiration are becoming less and less in our society. This does not mean that we don’t need leaders; instead this should be an awakening to anyone in leadership that we must become better than we are, if we want to continue to lead our organization with greatness. America needs leaders and your organization needs a strong and effective leader as well.

What is an effective leader? According to a great leader himself, Fred Smith, “Leadership is influence.” That is simple, overused at times, but still profound. A person may have a position of leadership, but if he is not affecting the thoughts and actions of others, he is not a leader.

Leadership is sort of like an umbrella. Imagine an open umbrella held by the hand of a leader. Under the protection of that umbrella are all the departments of the organization. The success of each department will never rise any higher than the level at which the leader holds the umbrella. Leadership sets the standard. The higher the standard the more effective the leadership. This principle will work for business, church, family or any other form of leadership.

The key for strong leadership lies in the ability to discover and increase effectiveness. Unless we tap into the keys for increasing effectiveness our leadership will be weak. So what must we do? How can we become more effective in our leadership? How can we enlarge our umbrella so that we can increase our circle of influence and impact?

In my next post I will give you life changing principles that will help you increase your effective which ultimately will enlarge your Leadership Umbrella.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women
to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
– Marshall Bernard Montgomery


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on August 9, 2010, in influence, Leadership, Personal Growth, recognition and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It is true that American’s view of strong leadership has changed. However, that does not mean they don’t need leadership. The times just call for a different approach. Much has been said about “Sevant Leadership” and there is much to be commended in this approach. I look forward to hearing your insights in upcoming posts.

    Terry Reed

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