This is definitely one principle that we really have to assess and understand both as followers and as leaders ourselves.
Do we understand the difference of influential and authoritative?
As followers, let’s look at people who have authority over us. Do we allow them to influence us or do they just exist as autocratic authority figures? Are there strong influencers in our lives who are not necessarily in a position of authority? What is it about them that has an impact in our lives?
As leaders, do we exercise our authority in order to influence others? Or do we influence others (hopefully positively) even without necessarily being in a position over them? Do we focus on authority? Do we live as a positive influence over others? Do we understand how much influence we can make on other people?
Having a clear picture of our influence and authority over other people can really improve our leadership towards a more effective and more authentic one.
Prompt #18: In the past month, what have you learned?
April was a month of thinking. In my fast-paced life in college, I had to be quick in making decisions. I had to be vigilant in every move I make. When we trained for student council elections, we had to learn answering questions for just the amount of time the question was being stated, which was thirty seconds or so. But, in this more tranquil season–thinking, deeply thinking, has become part of my everyday life.
Prompt #17: A letter to someone who has hurt you
How do I even begin? Should I recount every word you said? Shall I show you the scars left from many years ago? Do you know how much you hurt me? Do you know how your words struck even the most unyielding cords in my heart that I thought would never be affected?
You made me rethink how strong I really am–or if I was even strong enough. You made me reconsider where I really stand in life. You made me question myself again and again and again.
Prompt #16: Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Here’s something I’m not proud of: I missed 2 days of blog posts! Nevertheless, we trudge on!
Hmm, something I’m proud of, eh?
In questions like this, it would really take me days if I want the most meaningful answer. But, I’ll answer what came to my mind first. It isn’t about me. It’s about my friends who are running in the student council elections.
Prompt #15: Three things: 2 true & 1 false
Read these 3 statements and guess which one isn’t true:
- I can speak fluently in 3 languages.
- I once took photography classes.
- I used to do ballet.
So, which one is the lie? Try to guess first. Don’t cheat! 🙂
Prompt #14: What’s your schedule like?
If my friends read this, they’ll see how chill I really am in this season of being a working girl. In many ways, I’m thankful that I was given an 8-5 job, though it can be tiring at times. This lifestyle keeps everything in a peaceful routine. I don’t have to worry about sudden or unexpected changes.