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Are You a Real Leader, or Just King of the Hill?

Published on 7/24/2018
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Are You a Real Leader, or Just King of the Hill?

The ONE Stand-Out Attribute of a True Leader

When I was a young man, I played king of the hill with my buddies. Have you heard of this game? The object is to get to the top of a hill or a mound, and it usually involves having to pull someone else off the hill in order to be at the peak.

Has your job or career path ever felt this way? I’ve seen it in offices, as well as with PTA groups. It seems there’s a common culture for fighting for position in almost every arena of life. But there’s one thing that separates true leaders from the “king of the hill." 


Leadership means many things to many people. At the end of the day, it comes back down to influence. 

I’ve learned that leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. Now I want to help you really understand what I mean because it’s crucial for you to move ahead in your life and gain greater potential.

Stay with me here because I’m going to give you two keys to mastering influence that you must understand in order to take the hill, stay on top, and lead others well.

“Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.”

- John C. Maxwell

Great communication depends on two simple skills—context, which attunes a leader to the same frequency as his or her audience, and delivery, which allows a leader to phrase messages in a language the audience can understand.


  1. Permission: The first thing you need in order to gain real influence with people is their permission. What do I mean by that? I mean you have to build a relationship with them. You see, when you have relationships, people follow you because they want to, not because of your title over them. Why does this matter? Because relationships put energy into your work. Your returns will be greater. You will build momentum.
  2. Production: The second thing you need to develop (side by side with relationships) is a reputation as a producer. You need to be someone who gets things done, acts with a high level of competence, and is reliable to your teammates. Permission allows you to gain the trust of others, and production makes them stay. People choose leaders who are going to take them places they’ve never gone before. 

Anyone can follow a path, but only a leader can blaze one.

There are five steps to developing true, lasting influence, though I want you to start with these two. They are the foundation to your success as an influential leader.

Leadership builds character. If we stand strong when tested, we learn and grow from the process. Our character becomes the expression of our habits, voice and values. Character creates consistency, and if your people know what they can expect from you, they will continue to look to you for leadership. Character makes trust possible, and trust is the foundation of leadership. 

Over time, is it easier or harder to sustain your influence within your organization? With charisma alone, influence becomes increasingly more difficult to sustain. With character, as time passes, influence builds and requires less work to sustain.


“Leadership is no longer about your position. It’s now more about your passion for excellence and making a difference. You can lead without a title.” 

— Robin Sharma

I want you to understand one very important thing today, my friend. Being a leader has nothing to do with your job or your position or if you are a stay-at-home parent, a student, or well into your retirement. Influence pervades every area of your life. 

“Talented performers flock to the best and brightest leaders, and these leaders in turn lift the lids off their people and uncork the latent talent inside of them.” 

– John Maxwell

Choose one person in one area of your life and begin adding value to them. Develop a deeper relationship. Take them where they’ve never been before in their daily pursuits. If you can do these things well, you’ll see your influence multiply.

Are You a Real Leader, or Just King of the Hill?

Share with me what your thoughts on this are. What are you willing to do, TODAY< to step up and stand in your greatness? 

To Your Abundance and Prosperity!

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