If your dream is big and will require the teamwork of a group of people, then any potential leaders you select to go with you on the journey will need to be people of influence. After all, that’s what leadership is—influence. And when you think about it, all leaders have two things in common: they’re going somewhere, and they’re able to persuade others to go with them.
As you look at the people around you, consider the following:
• Who influences them? You can tell a lot about who they will influence and how they will go about doing it by knowing who their heroes and mentors are.
•Who do they influence? You’ll be able to judge their current level of leadership effectiveness by who they influence.
•Is their influence increasing or decreasing? You can tell whether a person is a past leader or a potential leader by examining which direction the level of influence is going.
To be a good judge of potential leaders, don’t just see the person—see all the people that person influences. The greater the influence, the greater the leadership potential and the ability to get others to work with you to accomplish your dream.
John Maxwell — Your Road Map for Success
INVEST YOURSELF IN THE PEOPLE WITH
THE GREATEST LEVEL OF INFLUENCE.