What do we mean when we use the word leadership? If I were asked to define it in one single word, the word would be “influence.” You lead someone to the measure you influence him.

The late President Harry Truman often referred to leaders as people who can get others to do what they don’t want to do—and make them like doing it!

Reams of pages and stacks of books have been penned on the subject of leadership. There are few business and professional people who do not have a copy of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, a landmark volume on leadership and personal relationships. Another widely read book on this topic is Norman Vincent Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking. Even books like Winning through Intimidation and ¾’m O.k., You’re O.K. relate to leadership by addressing the subject of handling person-to-person encounters.

Charles R. Swindoll, Hand Me Another Brick (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1998).


I have just completed a series of lessons based on the book of Nehemiah. They are available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions, as well as part of my Good Questions Have Groups Talking Subscription service. For a medium-sized church, lesson subscriptions are only $10 per teacher per year. Lessons correspond with three of Lifeway’s outlines as well as the International Standard Series.