Why would people listen to you?
Let me ask you a question: Why do people listen to you? What reasons do you give them to follow you? Good leaders find a way to connect with people. They earn their right to be followed. They build bridges of relationship that can bear the weight of truth.
Here are some reasons that why people follow you:
- INSIGHT – PEOPLE LISTEN TO YOU BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU KNOW.
Example: Ben Franklin. Ben influenced people through his knowledge, wisdom and insight.
- RELATIONSHIPS – PEOPLE LISTEN BECAUSE OF WHO YOU KNOW.
Example: D.L. Moody. An ungifted man, folks saw he was connected with God and influential men.
- SACRIFICE – PEOPLE LISTEN BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU’VE SUFFERED.
Example: Mother Teresa. Harvard grads and U.S. presidents listened because of her sacrificial life.
- ABILITIES – PEOPLE LISTEN BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU ARE ABLE TO DO.
Example: Michael Jordan. His credibility came from his unmatched skills on the basketball court.
5. EXPERIENCE – PEOPLE LISTEN BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU’VE ACHIEVED.
Example: Colin Powell or Norman Schwarzkopf Their credibility came from their military success.
- INTUITION – PEOPLE LISTEN BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU SENSE.
Example: Thomas Edison or Bill Gates. They saw a new world coming before the rest of us did.
- CHARACTER – PEOPLE LISTEN BECAUSE OF YOUR INTEGRITY.
Example: Billy Graham. His sermons aren’t flashy, but he’s a man of his word. He walks the talk.
- HUMILITY – PEOPLE LISTEN BECAUSE OF YOUR HEART.
Example: Elizabeth Dole. She connects with the hearts of people in a down-to earth style.
- RELEVANCE – PEOPLE LISTEN BECAUSE YOU IDENTIFY WITH THEIR NEEDS. Example: Martin Luther King,Jr. He identified with common folks; he marched and bled with them.
- CONVICTIONS – PEOPLE LISTEN BECAUSE OF YOUR PASSION.
Example: Winston Churchill. His passion and conviction stirred the Allies fight until they won.