Today, we’ll be discussing leadership and money and the often neglected relationship between both. There are 2 sides to my story today which I’ve titled beneath as part1 and part2. . So let’s begin.
Leadership could be defined as influence. That is an ability to affect and coordinate a person(s) action towards a specific goal.
In Ecc10:19, the bible says that Money answers all things . I could paraphrase that verse by saying Many things respond to money; especially people. And since leadership is basically about people, it also responds directly and indirectly to money.
World famous leader and apostle Paul said “I’d spend and be spent for you”(2cor12:15). In that single statement, he categorically shows us that his exemplary leadership was never without cost….both physical and also financial.

From my little experience in life, I have observed that people are generally influenced by wealthy people. Willingly, we love to do whatever they tell us. More so when they spend that money on us, we are more often than not automatically compelled to do whatever they say.
Does this make leadership/influence the exclusive reserve of rich folks? No. You don’t have to be rich to be a leader; but if you are a rich leader, the better your chances of being a great leader.
Nevertheless, Little things such as buying petty gifts, paying someone’s bus fare, buying someone lunch or even a simple text message on their birthday could go a long way and you don’t have to be a billionaire to afford any of these. Any time I see an opportunity to do any of these, I see yet another chance to score more influence points and enhance my ‘hold’ on that person.
Let me share this basic truth with you. To whom much is given,much is also expected; to whom lil’ is given, lil’ is also expected. Bottom line is that when something is given, something is usually expected(Luk12:38). Consciously and unconsciously people know this and respond to this principle. So when you touch their heart (which money always somehow do) they’ll give you their hand and follow you better.(Prov18:16)

With great power comes great responsibility. Apart from the fact that you might need to spend on the people; many people in fact afford to waive this aside. This other part is however quite indispensable. you must spend money to improve yourself and equip yourself in leadership. The world is changing fast and new trends and systems are coming up everyday. A 7 star leader knows that he has to keep up with that pace and level of information or risk being left behind on the wrong side of history.
This is something I’ve seen that applies everywhere. Even in my short experience in church leadership.
My pastor then you to say quite jokingly though, that Salvation may be free, but study bibles, workshops and literature seldom are. Proper training usually demands some tuition paid formally or informally, directly or indirectly; you just have to spend that money!
It is however important that I mention here as I conclude that all I have written so far isn’t to suggest that money can buy you authority, but it is however designed to make you see how it could enhance your grip on your followers and boost your level of influence over them.
So it is not a recommendation on how you can get into positions but rather on what you can do if you are already in a position.
Money can buy you influence. We may claim not to love it, but we all have need of it and so we like it. By principle of sensational transference which I learnt from malcolm gladwell’s book-blink, that likabilty factor we have towards money we tend to transfer also to their owners especially when they share the money with us. Money is definitely not all you need to be successful in leadership, but with it, you can achieve much as a leader!

Soaga afolabi olusegun


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