30 Ways to Be a Powerful Leader

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Powerful leaders:

  1. Fully align with organizational values, mission, and vision. Power comes to those who live under authority.
  2. Use your strengths to help powerful people reach their goals and weak people get ahead.
  3. Invite feedback and input from others. Those who explore options sit in the power chair.
  4. Identify your inner critic. Talk to yourself like someone with high potential.
  5. Pour yourself into meaningful purpose.
  6. Spend less time doing things that don’t matter.
  7. Err on the side of action.
  8. Break the rules and move forward without permission.
  9. See the big picture. Don’t get lost in the weeds.
  10. Accept others as they are, not as you wish they were, before calling them to rise up.
  11. Accept reality as it is, not as you wish it was. Power isn’t about pretending. Blame reflects weakness.
  12. Be grateful for what you have, even as you reach higher. Ungratefulness makes you weak.
  13. Show compassion and tenderness. Enhance your power by giving second chances.
  14. Learn from others but don’t lose yourself to imitation.
  15. Hold yourself and others to high standards.
  16. Solve problems don’t make them. Be a can-do rather than a can’t-do person.
  17. Acknowledge what you can’t do; focus on what you can.
  18. Finish stuff.
  19. Ask questions.
  20. Be persistent.
  21. Practice generosity.
  22. Avoid impulsive decisions.
  23. Call out the elephant in the room.
  24. Cultivate an inner circle who believes in you.
  25. Say what you think with candor and kindness.
  26. Practice saying no to something or someone without offering an excuse.
  27. Admit mistakes and make them right. Say, “I was wrong,” without making excuses.
  28. Seek counsel from wise leaders and advice from experienced. Decision-makers who seek counsel are in the power position.
  29. Talk over options in small groups before making declarations to large.
  30. Love people.

Which power-principles seem most useful to you?

What would you add to the list?