(1) power to produce an effect and (2) power to affect somebody’s actions, character or beliefs through example, fear, admiration, etc.
So an influencer would be someone who has the power to produce effect in somebody’s actions, character or beliefs through example, fear, admiration, etc.
A parable that demonstrates the power of an influencer
A young school teacher had a dream that an angel appeared to him and said, “You will be given a child who will grow up to become a world leader. How will you prepare her so that she will realize her intelligence, grow in confidence, develop both her assertiveness and sensitivity, be open-minded, yet strong in character? In short, what kind of education will you provide that she can become one of the world’s truly GREAT leaders?”
The young teacher awoke in a cold sweat. It had never occurred to him before — any ONE of his present or future students could be the person described in his dream. Was he preparing them to rise to ANY POSITION to which they may aspire? He thought, ‘How might my teaching change if I KNEW that one of my students were this person?’ He gradually began to formulate a plan in his mind and his teaching began to change
Now, every young person who walked through his classroom became, for him, a future world leader. He saw each one, not as they were, but as they could be. He expected the best from his students, yet tempered it with compassion. He taught each one as if the future of the world depended on his instruction.
After many years, a woman he knew rose to a position of world prominence. He realized that she must surely have been the girl described in his dream. Only she was not one of his students, but rather his daughter. For of all the various teachers in her life, her father was the best.
This isn’t simply a parable about an unnamed school teacher.
It is a parable about you and me.
It is a parable about the potential positive influence that we can have on another person’s life.
How would you change your life if you were given the revelation that there would be “X” amount of people who would be positively influenced by you?
Who are you influencing?