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“In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people… they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.”
– Ken Blanchard

Potential is realized frequently through the power of meaningful relationships. It is often called forth and nurtured by those around us. If that is the case, then it begs the question: “Am I connected with individuals who can sharpen me?”

The Power of Connection with OthersThe Scripture teaches this principle: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). Notice the passage did not say paper hones iron, or wood refines iron. No, it takes iron to sharpen iron. Strength begets strength, and for that reason, you need strong people in your life.
Here are a few tips concerning how you can connect with the right people in your life.

  1. All great people have great people in their lives.
    For Moses, it was Jethro; for Joshua, it was Moses. So we see a principle in place that states, “In order for you to practice greatness, you need to surround yourself with great people.” You need the influence and wisdom of a person who has gone farther down the road than you; someone who has “been there and done that,” and can help you as you mature in life.
  2. It takes someone stronger than you to sharpen you.
    You will never mature beyond the level of strength found in your closest relationships. With that in mind, who do you have that is a “10” on the maturity scale?
  3. Promotion generally comes through relationship.
    Joshua’s promotion came because he walked with Moses; Elisha walked with Elijah; and Timothy followed Paul. Looking for promotion? Look for God-given relationships with great people.

Those who isolate themselves weaken their highest potential. It took Barnabas’s prophetic gift to recognize Paul’s greatness; it was Jesus who called forth the “rock” qualities in Peter. Who is calling forth that God-given potential in you?

“I don’t know you that well” is no excuse for not having meaningful relationships in your life.


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