While it is true that people will obey their bosses, if for no other reason to keep their jobs, real influence isn’t wielded by brute force, but from personal relationships and character. In his book, Leadership as a Lifestyle: The Path to Personal Integrity and Positive Influence, John Hawkins writes, “Leadership is a lifestyle, not a position. Solid sustained leadership flows primarily out of who we are, not out of what position we hold.”
-- Leadership as a Lifestyle: The Path to Personal Integrity and Positive Influence, p. 16. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rowdy Morris.
Proverbs 22:1 (HCSB) A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.