Sheri Dew: Influencing others through leadership

We are all leaders. We all have tremendous influence. These are the words Sheri Dew shared with Education Week participants on Thursday in her class, “The Divine Gift of Righteous Influence.”

Clips from Candid Camera showed entire crowds of “strangers” facing unusual directions in elevators, until one poor soul unaware of the situation, would soon change their own direction as well, illustrated Dew’s message.

“This shows peer pressure and that people can blindly follow without something making a lick of sense,” she said. 

Who are you allowing to influence you? If history teaches anything, it spotlights how critical leaders are, Dew said. 

Quoting President Gordon B. Hinckley from a BYU Devotional, Dew said, “When the decla­ration was made concerning the only true and living Church upon the face of the earth, we were immediately put in a position of loneli­ness, the loneliness of leadership from which we cannot shrink nor run away and which we must face up to with boldness and courage and ability.”

Every person has an influence on hundreds if not thousands of people, and the Lord knows where He needs us, she said. The requirement of leadership goes far beyond callings in Relief Society and Young Women’s, but requires influencing the world. 

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