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Inspiration or Manipulation

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

– Isaiah 41:10

Simon Sinek’s description of leadership is one of my favorites. People can be influenced in two ways, according to him: manipulation and inspiration. Now, before you leap to a quick conclusion about which type is best, keep in mind that manipulation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For example, if I pay someone $50 to mow my lawn, that is a sort of manipulation because I am paying them to do what I want. I’m not going to get a response by listing all the advantages of mowing lawns and making a YouTube video about it; I need a clear approach to accomplish it! Discipline can be viewed as a type of manipulative influence, but it is unavoidable. Parents must discipline their children, and instructors or bosses may be compelled to enforce consequences in response to certain negative actions; this is for the benefit of the person being punished as well as the safety of those around them. The higher and stronger type leadership, on the other hand, is inspiration, which should be used whenever possible. Though it can take numerous forms, I believe it is largely accomplished by example. When we do what we teach and others have the chance to observe us over time, they are naturally inspired to change in order to become more like us.

Friend, God has blessed you with the incredible gift of becoming an inspirational leader. He utilizes your vulnerability, boldness, and devotion to impact others when you choose to be honest about your flaws and passionate about your walk with the live Jesus. Stop telling others what they should do and start living the way you want them to. Your witness carries far more weight than your words!

Prayer


Jesus, I want to be an inspiration to others, so I ask for the power of your Spirit to flow through me.

Reflection


Do you lead by inspiration or manipulation?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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