The easiest way to lose your influence? Stop growing. If you're a leader, you need to be growing and moving forward. This could take any number of shapes in your life . . . reading, taking a class, getting coaching, listening to podcasts, getting your body healthy, setting up true accountability measures for your life, working through a new Bible reading and devotional plan. The list could be pretty long and your list would not necessarily look like mine.
No matter what would make your list, remember one thing. If the people you're leading are growing faster than you are, you won't be leading them long. The journey of growth, improvement and learning is never over. Don't resent it. Embrace it.
And don't think this is about staying ahead of others and keeping your position or even your influence. It's not. Those things are natural by-products of you being a vibrant, growing leader. What areas are you growing in right now? In what areas do you feel stuck or stale?