Become a Better Leader with Personal Power

Imagine this: You receive an email from a travel agency stating that you and your family are granted a plane trip to the Caribbean costing only a quarter of its regular price. However, the twist is the plane would be driven by an inexperienced pilot. Would you still go despite the risk? I believe most of us wouldn’t, especially if the lives of our loved ones are at stake.

Sounds ridiculous right? However, if we come to think of it, this kind of scenario often happens within some organisations nowadays. These organisations often fail in their endeavours and never rise above the ranks because their leaders are not competent enough to lead the organisation – risking the careers and personal lives of the people working under them.

How about you, do you feel like you need more help in the area of leadership? Do you desire to be a great leader and lead your organisation to greater heights? If so, continue reading on this article to learn how personal power can make you become a great leader.

Personal Power: A Core Leadership Competency

Personal Power is a core leadership competency that everyone needs to develop before they can lead others. It has to do with being able to lead yourself.

Personal Power is not coercive power. Coercive power is a position-centred type of power. People who lead with coercive power use their position to force others to act in ways that is not in their self-interests or not the best interest of the organisation. Personal Power, on the other hand, is a type of power that does not force, but influences.

Leaders who lead with this power know that the power acquired from their position is limited and needs to be used sparingly. Their leadership is based and driven by the values of integrity, love, compassion, authenticity, generosity, humility and respect for self and others, rather than by the desire to overpower or control others. They possess a sense of self-confidence and an inner knowing that they have what it takes to meet the challenges, setbacks, problems and the adversities of life. Such leaders have the ability to steer their brand from pitfalls and rally their team members to work hard toward their organisation’s goals.

So how do you become such a leader?

Here are developmental tips on how to develop your personal power as a leader:

1. Know yourself and know what you stand for.

If you don’t stand for something, your personal power will easily weaken. A leader who is not self-aware and who does not know what they stand for, will not be able to lead any organisation well. They are insecure, unsure and unstable. They do not know what they value and what grounds they stand for. Because of this, they fall for anything. Knowing yourself and what you stand for will help you manage your emotions and will serve as a foundation for every decision you make.

Helpful exercises:

• Regularly check in on your feelings. During the course of the day, schedule brief but frequent check-ins on what your body might be feeling, and check in on your emotional state as well.
• Name your emotions and connect them specifically to a source or to a situation, concern, or issue
• Know and list down what you value most in life and evaluate how much of your life is built around and dictated by these values.

2. Believe in yourself.

Leaders who believe in themselves are secure and stable and so is their people. They possess a sense of self-confidence and an inner knowing that they have what it takes to meet the challenges, setbacks, problems and the adversities of life.

Helpful exercises:

• Record your accomplishments in life. Make an effort to recapture the feeling of the moment.
•  Identify and tap into the emotions associated with those strengths that help you excel.
•  Examine the causes of your lack of confidence or lack of personal power. Seek out formal or informal training in those areas to boost your confidence.
•  Envision yourself as smart, competent, articulate, poised, and admired.
•  Take an assertiveness course or read a book on assertiveness.
•  Become aware of communication circumstances when you put yourself down or use language that suggests powerlessness or a lack of confidence (“I’m sorry. “I guess that’s a good idea.” or I’m just a beginner.”). Be aware of allowing interruptions.
• Language teaches people how to treat us. Enlist the help of a good communication coach.

3. Learn to let go.

Great leaders know when to give in and when not to. They are personally in control of their lives. They refuse to let other people, circumstances, failures and their emotions control them. Because if they do give in, they essentially hand over their personal power to whatever or whoever is trying to push their button.

Helpful exercises:

•  Let go of situations over which we have no control or power and identify circumstances and situations where we can have influence.
• Set and keep clear boundaries.
•  Move on quickly from disappointments and failures.
•  Seek the help of a coach or mentor.

Leaders who have a high level of personal power are the best leaders. They can indeed bring any individual, team or organisation to greater heights. 

Take back control of your life. Nurture your personal power now.

At People Builders we have a team of expert trainers and coaches who can help you and your team develop greater personal power. Contact us today for a quick chat to see how we can partner with you to train and coach you and your team.