DCL 3.2 Instruction | The Influence Challenge

Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida

If you are leading in the middle of the organisation, you must learn to influence many who do not report to you. That is why 360 Degree Leaders work to change their thinking from “I want a position that will make people follow me” to, “I want to become a person whom people will want to follow.” If people won’t follow you where you are currently, then they won’t follow you where you’re going in the future.

John Maxwell states that people follow the kind of leader described below:

1.  People follow leaders who care about them.

2.  People follow leaders they trust – leaders with character.

3.  People follow leaders they respect – leaders who are competent.

4.  People follow leaders they admire – leaders with commitment.

5.  People follow leaders they can approach – leaders who are consistent.


Learn to think INFLUENCE, not position. Grow your influence by:

  • Building relationships on trust
  • Caring about people as individuals
  • Believing in people
  • Listening to what others have to say
  • Understanding from others’ points of view
  • Helping others become better
  • Assisting others through difficulties
  • Initiating positive relationships
  • Giving others the power to lead


Biblical Case Study: Samuel (1 Samuel 4:1, 7:1-17, 15:10-27)

Rarely has anyone without an official position had as much influence as Samuel, the prophet. The Israelites sought out Samuel to speak words of direction for their future, to help retrieve the Ark of the Covenant, to offer strategy to defeat their enemies, and to select their king. His influence grew so vast that when King Saul failed in his leadership, Samuel removed him from office. Imagine, having the sole authority to kick out the reigning king!

Samuel was a man of impact because:

1.  He identified with the people, knowing when to be tough and when to be tender.

2.  He was not motivated by power, but service.

3. He spoke with both conviction and compassion.

4.  He was a faithful steward of all God had entrusted to him.



  • Describe the qualities of a leader who you would want to follow.
  • If you do not possess all these qualities, what steps can you take to improve?




Of the seven challenges in this lesson, list the two that are the most difficult for you.



List two or three specific steps that you can take to overcome these challenges.


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