Every single day we influence people, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not. Moms and Dads influence their kids. Employers influence their employees. Leaders influence their followers. Pastors influence their congregation. Teachers influence their students. And vice versa.
John Maxwell once said that leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less. That means that every one of us is a leader, and as leaders we have the opportunity of developing people.
When you develop people, take the gold mining approach.
When you mine for gold, you expect to move tons of dirt to find an ounce of gold. But you don’t go in there looking for dirt. You go in there looking for the gold.
It’s a powerful lesson that was taught by the great industrialist Dale Carnegie over 100 years ago but the application never changed.
As a leader don’t get distracted with all the dirt, forgetting that it’s the gold you set out to mine. To develop successful and positive people, focus … really focus on the gold.