Many people who want to lead – that is, to influence others – want to influence as many people as possible. There’s nothing wrong with that.

In fact, when it comes to leading like Jesus, he wanted us to influence everyone in the world.

But if your focus is on expanding your influence, you’ve put the cart before the horse.

The key to expanding one’s influence is not about focusing on that task, but about focusing on expanding your capacity, says Chad Balthrop, executive pastor of First Baptist Church in Owasso, OK.

To build capacity, we need five ingredients:

  • Care passionately;
  • Observe deeply;
  • Think clearly;
  • Communicate effectively; and,
  • Act specifically.

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