You might have the title. You might have the office with your name on the door. You might possess the positional power. But do you feel powerful? Leadership is more than positional power.

Even with positional power, there are still three more power basis to develop.

  • Reward Power – Your ability to influence by granting desirable consequences for great performance, praising someone that you respect and spending time with team members and coworkers.
  • Expert Power – Influence by what people believe you know. Subtle mentions of your past accomplishments and sharing your experience and sharing your knowledge freely to help the team reach it’s goals and objectives.
  • Reverent Power – This comes from the respect, the liking and the trust others have for you. Team members believe in you because you listen to their ideas, honor their contributions, and taking win-win approach to problem solving and decision making.

It’s not just positional, it’s personal.

So, do you feel powerful? When you get the title, that’s a good start. Yet, consider what you can do to develop the other three power basis. Keep in mind that leadership is not just positional power, it’s personal as well.

For more on leadership, watch Kit Welchlin’s presentation here.

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