More power to you! Leaders have always been keenly interested in power and how to use it in their organizations. But what, exactly, does that mean? There are lots of kinds of power and many ways to use it (and abuse it). Few rise to important positions in their organizations without the ability to skillfully use power to advance their agendas. Historically, much power was of the “do it my way or else” variety. Most leaders today, however, recognize the limitations of that strategy.
In a recent study conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership, researchers found most leaders believe the kind of power that will be most important to the future of their organizations is relationship power. The researchers concluded that, “Survey respondents recognized the power of relationships as a source of power they frequently leverage today, and a source of power they believe will be important to leverage in the future in order to be more effective leaders.” Continue reading →
In a fascinating talk, Simon Sinek discusses the fundamental differences between “leaders” and “those who lead.” He proposes his theory of the golden circle and asserts that “those who lead” are able to build a fiercely loyal following because they focus, not on what they do, but why they do it. He references great leaders, innovators and corporations such as Martin Luther King, the Wright Brothers and Apple, who influenced the world simply because they were able to attract and inspire people who shared their beliefs.
“Susan, I’d like to have a word with you about that incident during my talk about employee engagement the other day. Please, come on down to my office at about 3:00. You know which one it is? The big one on the corner with all the windows. I have a little chair for you right in front of my great big desk. Just let my secretary’s assistant know that you are here. Her name is Sandy, I think. Don’t be late. My helicopter will be waiting to take me to that executive retreat in Telluride.” Continue reading →