Abe Lincoln knew a lot about a lot of things, but something he knew exceptionally well was how to influence people. This post touches on two things that Lincoln did that put him in the hall of fame of leaders and they are simple enough that anyone who’s willing to pay attention can do.
The one who aspires to lead must be an observer.
- An observer of people
- An observer of context
- An observer of culture
- An observer of trends
- An observer of history
- An observer of his or her own heart
Leaders walk around and observe. They not only walk around and observe, they talk to people. They not only talk to people, they ask questions-good ones, and a lot of them.
Observing is easy but it requires intentionally. You can’t play Golf Galaxy or 8 Ball Pool for hours on end and make good observations. My pastor says “In order to go up, you have to give up.” If you want to grow in your influence, whether you have a position of leadership or not, there are certain things that have to be left behind. Great leaders are exceptional students and being a student requires the slaying of some certain attention thieves.
“Leading is primarily paying attention. The masters of the use of attention are also not only master users of symbols and of drama, but are also master storytellers and myth builders.” – ABE LINCOLN
- humanize the hero
- puts a handle on the bar of soap called the future
- see my place in the vision
Lincoln had a major platform and influenced millions of people at a very critical moment in history but that is not required to influence. God has given you your own platform and ability to observe and then tell your tribe what you think of it. He will never hold you accountable to be a Lincoln but He will hold you accountable to be yourself.
Only you can tell stories like yourself. The world will be more informed and you’ll be glad you did.
Happy story telling!