Let’s be honest. Leaders have more influence and impact on people.
Imagine the CEO of your company visiting your department, singling you out, and giving you a one-on-one pep talk. How would you feel? Wouldn’t you feel motivated to work your heart out for your company?
Now, imagine a colleague at the same level singling you out and giving you pep talk as well? Would it really have the same impact? I doubt it.
The truth is that leaders have more influence. People with position, money, or power have more influence.
People who have achieved or reached certain levels of success have more influence.
It’s also true in churches and communities as much as it’s true at work. Our leaders have more influence.
That’s why if you want to inspire change, the best place to start is at the top.
If you want to change your company’s or organization’s culture, the best people to initiate this change are the leaders. Change has to start with them.
If you want your people to care more or love more, the leaders should be the ones to start caring and loving more.
It’s also true that a company or an organization will change only if its leaders are willing to change.
Influence is a privilege. The more you have it, the greater impact you have—positively or negatively. That’s why it should be used with great care. Hopefully, influence gets used to change the world for the better.
But, for the rest of us who don’t have as much influence, it doesn’t mean we should give up trying. It’s not impossible for change to start from the bottom. It’s only more difficult and it will take longer.
But, we have no other choice but to work with the little influence that we have. Who knows? People at the top may notice. But, let’s not wait for them to notice. Let’s not wait to get picked. Let’s keep inspiring change one day, one person at a time. It’s the only way to grow our influence.