Monday, April 28, 2014

Influence (10 of 10)

<<< Back to day 9

Here's my final day of notes for "Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others" by John C. Maxwell and Jim Dornan. Here's a link in case you'd like to buy a copy of the book from

Chapter 10: A Person of Influence Reproduces Other Influencers

Teaching others is like handing off the baton in a relay race. It will take preparation, planning, training.


  • Reproducing leaders raises your influence to a new level
  • Reproducing leaders raises the new leaders’ personal potential
  • Reproducing leaders multiples resources
  • Reproducing leaders ensures a positive future for your organization

Awaken the reproducer in you:

  • Lead yourself well (integrity, right priorities, self-discipline, problem-solving skills, positive attitude, etc.) - establish a specific game plan, don’t just think it’ll happen organically
  • Look continually for potential leaders: “You’ve got to have good athletes to win, I don’t care who the coach is.” - Lou Holtz, Notre Dame
  • Put the team first
  • Commit yourself to developing leaders, not followers
Moving from Maintenance to Multiplication

"Many people live in maintenance mode.” - that is so true. I feel that way myself way too often.

  1. Scramble - always trying to find people to lose the ones who left
  2. Survival - the staff stays, but they’re unhappy. It’s all day-to-day without hope or promise. (50% of leaders)
  3. Siphon - leaders develop other leaders, but neglect relationships so newly trained leaders go elsewhere (10% of leaders)
  4. Synergy - high morale and job satisfaction (19% of leaders)
  5. Significance - the leaders produce other leaders (1% of leaders)

Don’t forget to:

  • model integrity
  • nurture people
  • show faith
  • listen
  • understand
  • enlarge
  • navigate them through life’s difficulties
  • connect with them
  • empower them


  • Develop your own leadership potential
  • Find people with leadership potential
  • Teach the person to be a leader, not just perform tasks
  • Multiply (help them find someone to mentor)
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