Power has a bad reputation because it’s abused. We despise and reject the selfish motivations and methods of managers and leaders who manipulate and coerce people into reluctant compliance.
Power is, however, neither good nor bad. Everyone has it and everyone uses it. Power is the ability to get something done.
The more skillfully you use power the more power you’ll have.
Seven powerful tips that enhance your power:
- The more power you give others the more power you have. Hoarding power eventually destroys it. Skillful leaders create environments where others feel powerful.
- Don’t talk about your power. Powerful people don’t tell others they have power; they display it by doing things.
- Quietly embrace your power to influence, lift, encourage, challenge, reward, be respected, and hold others accountable. Your discomfort with power is your problem; when you get over your discomfort, you’ll be more effective.
- Achieve results through others. Doing things others should do demonstrates lack of leadership-power.
- Speak and act humbly. Humility enhances effectiveness; arrogance hinders it. Powerful people don’t need to intimidate; they frequently lead from the back-seat.
- Focus – your ability to get things done – on developing people. You can do all the things that great leaders do like building trust, inspiring shared vision, creating goals and plans, and rewarding high performance but if you don’t develop others you won’t reach extraordinary success. The only way to succeed without developing others is to hire people that are already developed. But you must immediately begin developing them.
- Let others influence you. Leaders who aren’t influenced by others can’t influence others.
Bonus Tip: Leverage power by spending more time with people who respect you and less time with those who don’t.
How have you become comfortable with your power?
How can leaders enhance their power?
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