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That Selfless Power

Servant Leadership

Ronald Reagan once said, “There is no limit to what can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.” Likewise, the power of influence is virtually inexhaustible for as long as it remains silent. In the Book of Esther, three people at one time or another find favor in Xerxes’ eyes and influence his decision. At the end of the story, one is beloved, one is promoted and one is executed. The one executed was he who squandered his influence on self-promotion.

 

If God has given you for in a leader’s eyes, wait, I say, wait on the Lord. Use your influence sparingly, unselfishly and silently. Do not make much with others of your influence upon his leadership. Envy is a terrible and deadly force. Then when leadership, due in part to your influence, makes the right decision, deny that you had anything to do with it. Wise influencers will let the president be noble, the king be merciful, and the owner prove shrewd in business.

Influence that takes the credit may well get a cold shoulder in the next crisis. Herod’s wife and stepdaughter used all their influence in a sexually charged, highly public  way. They got what they wanted, John the Baptist’s head on a platter, but they are never mentioned again. Joshua, on the other hand, who never insinuated himself into Moses’ office, was his favored adviser and deputy for forty years and became his anointed successor. 

 

Excerpt from
POWER
by Dr. Mark Rutland
 

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