The Power of Positive Influence

Great and noteworthy things happen when a person or leader possesses positive influence. In Everyone Can Influence Someone Today I shared the four areas where you have or can increase your influence: Family, work, online, community. The key is to have and maintain your positive influence within these four areas. When you do you can expect these powerful results:

Brings change-

Having positive influence with those around you leads to faster and efficient change within a team and organization. People trust that their ideas and thoughts will be considered and applied in achieving the purpose and vision. Margaret Mead said, “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” To create the maximum amount of change requires positive influence.

Drives high results-

People who are lead by a person who possess positive influence tend to be more committed to individual and team results. This is because they know they are cared about and valued within the team and organization, so they are driven to produce a higher level of results. This is why using your influence to create a positive work environment is so crucial to the overall success of major projects, achieving higher results, and the organizational vision. Positive influence always creates higher results.

Leaves a legacy –

Having positive influence places you in a position where you can leave a lasting legacy. Chuck Palahniuk said, “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” This requires that you are intentional about using your strengths, personal purpose, and influence to add value and impact those in your sphere of influence.

Impacts a multitude-

Positive influence impacts more people than we realize. It not only impacts those who are around you but has the potential to impact those in other States and Counties. A personal drive and fulfillment I have is knowing my writing influences and helps people I might never know or hear from. My friend Joe Lalonde wrote a post entitledHow Far Your Leadership Influence Really Extends where he shares just how far your influence can reach by sharing about the movie Searching For Sugar Man. I highly recommend reading his post.

Questions: How have you seen the power of positive influence in your life? Can you add to the list?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I can easily remember one leader in my life who was tremendously positive. It made you want to be around him, it made you feel better after you had spent time with him, it made you want to help him and work harder. I don’t think I’ll quickly forget the impact he had on my life.

    • That’s great to hear Caleb. I’m sure you where greatly shaped and impacted by him. Thank you for sharing.

  • Melanie, it seems to me that we have to have some balance here. We need to be positive, but their are times when we have to correct or even discipline (as parents). For me I think it’s important to err on the positive side. When it comes to discipline I think it’s also important that you finish with some sort of positive statement like, “I know you’ll do better next time.”

    • Great reply to Melanie’s comment. I totally agree, leaders have to have a balance and “err on the positive side.” Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • Christ changed the world beginning with a core group of 12. That group went on to do the will of the Father. Did they do it perfectly? No – they had to be pushed into action – but what an impact!

    My belief on the last point, especially, is that we impact a multitude over time. Some will only be reached by seeing the sermon lived out, not by hearing it preached *at* them. Some need to know that the person preaching is no different than they are – that Christ’s power is made manifest in our weakness – unless we show them what we believe, good luck reaching them. Just my observations from a few decades in the trenches :)

    • Great point! In today’s culture showing Christ through our example is one of the best forms. The greatest example of influence was and is Jesus. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • “You can’t make a positive change with a negative attitude.” I develop that as my personal motto last year after reading Norman Vincent Peale book “The Power of positive living.” You’re not going to complain your way to the top!

    Thanks Dan!

    • Great point Ellory! A positive attitude is required. Thank you for adding to the topic.

  • One of my favorite quotes is by Maya Angelou: “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” These positive results often occur because the leader took time to listen with empathy and value each individual’s contribution.

    • That’s a great quote! I totally agree with you, that’s what the best leaders do. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Love the point about legacy, Dan! If we don’t leave a legacy, our hard work turns to dust. This highlights the need to seek out and develop potential leaders for the future of your organization.

    • Great point about the need to find and develop the next generation of leaders. So that once the leader is gone the organization or team will continue to win and flourish. Thank you for sharing.

  • That’s a big circle. What some deem positive is what they believe is changing the world to what they believe is positive, but still have impact. I think that to have the farthest reaching positive impact we have to be about the moral principles that have led the great people and nations that have followed those principles. If it’s not about those principles it can be persuasive, but not positive. I know that’s not what this post is about, Dan, it’s just what struck me today. And yes, it is a needed and helpful reminder to me of what it is I need to be positive about and share with others. Thanks.

    • Yes, having character and integrity is the foundation to having positive influence and making a difference. That’s such an important aspect, thank you for mentioning it.

  • Sadly so many people try to lead by complaining about what is wrong with the ideas of others. This is very evident in the political arena. We need more influencers to lead forward with their own positive solutions. Like you said Dan, “Having positive influence with those around you leads to faster and efficient change within a team and organization.”

    • I agree, we need more people who possess positive influence. Thank you for reading and adding to the conversation.

  • My Pastor and mentor has been a positive influence on my life. He frequently speaks about influencing our culture for the next generation (our ceiling is to be their floor). Your points about leaving a legacy and impacting a multitude immediately makes me think of leading a family in the way that Abraham lead his family. Thanks for this reminder. – Blessings.

    • What a great mindset your pastor has, he sure has it right. Great perspective about Abraham and his leadership of his family. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Joshua Lee Henry

    Great post Dan. I have especially been blessed to both lead and contribute to organizations that thrived on positive energy. High performing teams produce results through a combination of high morale and building momentum. When people truly believe the leader, coach, boss, or team actually believes in them, they are more likely to rise to the occasion.

    • Great thoughts Joshua. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • Influence is doing.. And doing is influence in a positive manner. If you are doing something positive by elevating those around you higher than yourself you are becoming a great Leader. I believe that influence comes silently and the person won’t always tell you that you influence them, but they know and all you need to do as a leader is to continue to push other people up. Dan you are awesome at this.

    • Great point! YES, influence is action or doing. Great point about influence coming “silently.” I’ve learned while being a youth leader our impact really shows after we are gone from the youth or ministry. It’s sometimes difficult to see our positive impact while serving in a church. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Wow i love that quote by Chuck Palahniu. In a world where people are trying to live forever and do a million things that don’t matter, I think that’s a sobering perspective. It inspires me to stay focused on God’s will for my life. I can’t think of additional results, what you’ve shared is great.

    • It’s a good one. It really shows us that we should do work that will last long after we are gone (Kingdom work). Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • I think that even non-leaders have influence — those shy, unassuming people who put their heads down and just “do things.” They are the salt of the earth, preserving, giving flavor to this world. They influence me through their peristence, their humility, and the dedication. No one would ever call them leaders, but they are influencers.

    • I totally agree with you, David. Those types of people usually do and accoplish a lot in life. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • I love the impacts a multitude point. I was listening to someone the other day – I can’t remember who – but the person said they’re willing to sacrifice and put in a bunch of effort since they know it will impact a bunch of people. I liked that idea. Even if you just help a few, they have the potential to help others, so the effort keeps on giving.

    • What a great mindset and attitude toward life and leaving a legacy. YES, we never know what the impact the people we help will have on others. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • You are right, Barb. You never know how far your influence can go!

  • Betty Draper

    Love this quote…We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” I did not create the gospel but God sure created my mouth to give it out and the Holy Spirit to drive it home. Good thoughts…

    • Hello Betty,

      Me too:) Great points, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus.Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Hope to see you again.

  • Great post, Dan. Love that Chuck P. quote. Loving and serving others is what is really going to leave a lasting legacy.

    • Thanks Dave:) Glad you enjoyed the post.

  • I think that your perspective is deep, its just well thought out and really fantastic to see someone who knows how to put these thoughts down so well.

    • Thank you for reading and sharing. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Feel free to come back anytime.

  • Love the topic! I am a result of the positive influence of others. Without a people like Larry A., Father Gordon, Dan Miller, Zig Ziglar, Og Mandino, Robert, Phil & Carla, etc. who knows what would have happened to me. Because of them I have a nice apartment, a successful business, a good relationship with God, I’m an author and am recording my own music. The challenge for me is to pass it on to others. Hopefully I can help people who are currently where I was. I love the quote too!

    • That’s great Sutton. I’ve also had many people who influences my life either through a book, audio lesson, or a mentor taking time to develop me. I feel since I’ve been greatly influences by them my responsibility/privilege is to add value and help others. Thank you for sharing.

  • I love the Chuck Palahniuk quote. That’s exactly how I feel. I want to leave a legacy in writing

    • Me too:) It’s a good quote. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • DS

    I simply can’t imagine life without the positive influences I’ve experienced. One element of positive influences is on my attitude. They help me establish and re-establish positive mental thoughts often. Some influences are: Darren Hardy, The Robert D, Zig Ziglar, the Bible, my wife, my kids, and our host kids (this list is obviously not exhaustive).

    • Having a good and positive attitude is so essential. I relate with you about gaining that type of positive influence from many sources. Thank you for reading and adding to the conversation.

  • I ask this to coaching clients in terms of – what are you working on that will last forever? You have to have influence to make it happen – but this starts some great conversations.

    • That’s a great question to ask Tom! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Great question Tom – that will get you thinking!

  • What I think I love the most about these points you make, is the multiplying effect they have on others. When done authentically, positive influence becomes contagious.

    • I totally agree, thank you for adding that. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • That’s funny how you mention Searching for Sugarman. I think that’s a good example of spreading positive influence. I saw that movie when it came out in the theaters and was blown away at how far someone’s influence can spread. It’s crazy to think that he’s so unknown here in the US, but a huge draw in South Africa. I guess that shows that even if you don’t hit your target audience, you can still have a positive influence on others.

    • Hello Steve,

      If you have not yet checked out the post Joe wrote about the movie, I highly recommend it. The movie has a great message. I recently checked my Alexa ranking and I’m getting more people visiting my site from India than America:) It shows the power of the internet. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • wow! look that……………….in your dream

  • I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • I think we underestimate the importance of leaving a legacy. I can still remember the words that friends spoke to me decades ago. I can still remember the lessons from teachers decades ago. We often never know the impact that we can have.

    • I totally agree with you, people spend more time planing for a vacation than the legacy they will leave. Thank you for adding to the conversation.