How Are You Using Your Influence?

Last week, my honors leadership class at Ohio Valley University responded to an assignment that asked them to identify characteristics of "good leaders." Their responses varied greatly, but I thought it was interesting that some chose leaders who used their influence to hurt others. As we discussed their choices in class, it quickly became apparent that these bright, young minds understand leadership is influence, but that doesn't mean it has to be a good influence. And, in fact, many people who have characteristics that create followers use their influence in very negative ways. Ponder these questions for a few days: Are you a Martin Luther King, Jr. or an Adolf Hitler? Are you an Anne Sullivan Macy or a Joseph Kony? Simply put, how are you using your influence?