I am concerned that a lot of leaders/parents lose their platform of trust by not following through on their promises. They either say yes too quickly, or they say no, but don't follow through.
Can the people in your life really trust you? Do your spouse, kids, team, and friends believe you when you talk to them? It's kind of like shooting yourself in the foot when you don't mean what you say.
If you tell someone no, and they push past your answer to do whatever they want anyway, there must be consequences. If not, the people under your leadership won't actually believe that you mean what you say.
When you say something, mean it, and follow through. Let your yes be yes, and your no be no. Don't leave room for confusion.
Remember what the Centurion in Luke 7 said? It was amazing enough that it impressed Jesus!
For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Luke 7:8
The Centurion was a powerful leader because he was a man of his word. When he spoke, his followers hopped right to it.
When the people under your care trust you, it makes it much easier for them to follow your instructions.
Sticking to your word means that you will need to take a moment to think before you speak. Don't let words and promises just fly out of your mouth, or your promises will be empty.
Key Idea: Empty words are a sure way to undermine your influence. Make a choice to strengthen your influence by being a person of your word.