"Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone" - Proverbs 25:15.
Persuasion is one of the key elements of effective leadership, especially of what's known as servant leadership. Many leaders take some time to make a decision, announce the decision and don't allow followers the same amount of time to process. That's where persuasion comes into play, for leaders must make a skilled presentation that will allow followers to be convinced in their own mind of the correctness of the decision. What's more, persuasion cannot be a manipulating sales job, but rather a sincere and patient attempt to explain the rightness of a course of action, allowing people to conclude for themselves of its value.
LEADERSHIP STEP: In W4D2, you were directed to do a study of the tongue and words as presented in the book of Proverbs. Did you do that? Let's revisit that exercise, looking up the words tongue, lips and speech in Proverbs using Bible Gateway. Once you have your list, go over it one more time to see where you can improve your speech to be more persuasive and convincing, rather than just relying on your power to order people to comply.