Leaders can influence in many ways. The leadership compass includes leading those South of us (under our leadership and supervision), those East and West (colleagues and partners in our work place, ourselves (the center of the leadership compass), and also those who are North of us (the people we work for, answer to, and those who supervise us).
Here is a challenge as you go into the weekend…take time to bless and encourage someone North of you. Write a note, send a text, make a call, or find some other way to bring a word of blessing and encouragement to someone in your life who gives leadership to you. It could be your boss, a board member, or someone in a supervisory role.
Be honest with your words. This is not about being a suck-up! Be thoughtful and prayerful. Then, take time to express something you appreciate about this person, their life, and how they influence you or impact others. This is called leading or blessing North. Do it often!