Weak leaders struggle to gain power.
Insecure leaders fear losing it.
Power is good, it gets things done. Power is bad when it’s used to abuse and manipulate others for selfish ends.
Who takes organizations further? You’ll go further with teams of powerful people. Those who never use power are doomed to be controlled by others.
Warren Bennis interviewed 90 individuals who were nominated by their peers as most influential leaders. They all shared one characteristic. They made others feel powerful. (Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge, 2003)
Great leaders use power to make others feel powerful. Those who give power gain it.
Technically, no one can make you feel powerful. We can, however, create empowering environments and engage in empowering activities.
Help others by helping them help themselves.