Influence vs Impact

What is the difference between influence and impact? 

We have influence when we have rules, expectations, and things that control people’s behavior. 

Those can be good and can have value to help people do what’s right, but it may not have a lasting value. 

Coaches have rules in hopes of keeping athletes from getting into trouble. 

I had expectations for coaches that I think were good for their programs and will also benefit the students they were working with.

Expectations aren’t bad, can be positive for people, but I don’t think they have any lasting value.  Just a way to do something and control a situation. 

Impact is bringing a lasting effect on a person or situation. 

Think about the people in your life that have had a lasting impact on what you do for a living, what you believe in, how you treat people, and live your life. 

Some had that impact a long time ago, while others may be in your life at this very moment.

The list can change, but we all know who those people are.  Their impact supersedes influence and goes beyond enforcing a few rules. It changes who we are.

Two thoughts:

1) I shudder to think of the number of times I’ve missed an opportunity to impact a person’s life. 

I have gotten too caught up in producing the things that influence people and have not focused enough on people and serving them.  Serving is how we Impact.

2) Impact is risky and can be disappointing. 

When we offer ourselves up to people and invest in their lives, we can also set ourselves up to be turned away.

If we’re being honest, we sometimes size someone up and think about if they are worthy of our effort.  That’s selfish and not what we should be about if we want to have a true servant’s heart and be a servant leader.

Investment and Impact equals leadership that lasts and multiplies. Take the risk with that kind of leadership and chase it.

I’m cheering for you.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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