NOTE: Here are 3 lists of PERSONAL & LEADERSHIP POWER characteristics – with some overlaps.
A person who uses Power RESPONSIBLY considers it an unwritten psychological contract with a person or group – always to help & improve.
FROM “Power: Why Some People Have It – and Others Don’t“∼ Jeffery Pfeffer
❖ Ambition “Success requires effort & hard work as well as persistence.”
ACTION : Be goal-oriented. Knowing where you want to end up makes it easier to overlook big frustrations & daily annoyances that could otherwise distract you
❖ Ability to Tolerate Conflict “If you can handle difficult conflict & stress-filled situations effectively, you have an advantage over most people.”
ACTION : Build your skill in dealing with conflict, positively & wisely. You’ll have the advantage, since most people are conflict-averse, & so avoid situations where they have to engage others in emotionally difficult conversations.
❖ Confidence “Because power usually allows someone to be acconfident, observers will associate mature behavior with actually having power.”
ACTION : Your title can represent power, but when you’re working with people who don’t know your background, actions speak loudest to prove i
❖ Empathy “Consider other people’s agendas & reactions by putting yourself in their shoes, not just being focused on the end goal & your own objectives.”
ACTION : To succeed at negotiations, assess where the other person or group is coming from
❖ Energy “Energy is contagious, like anger or happiness.”
ACTION : Inspire others by harness your energy, showing your commitment to the group or organization, & the willingness to put your time into achieving goals
❖ Focus “… you’re more likely to gain power by narrowing focus & applying your energies to a limited range of activities in a smaller number of areas.”
ACTION : Specialize when you can. It provides a depth of understanding & a substantial web of concentrated relationships
❖ Self-knowledge “There’s no learning & personal development without reflection.”
ACTION : Learn from experience what works & identify what you need to do differently next time
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🤓 PERSONAL MASTERY areas to develop for positive leadership (Alfred Chung) :
While Humility is not the boldest of personality traits, it’s an important one. And it’s hard to fake. To increasing your potential for success, work on your core motivations, as well as your personal blindspots.
Emotional mastery: Learn to regulate your internal reactions & emotions, which will enhance your thought process & resourcefulness
❧ What does power mean to me?
❧ Is power important for me to have?
❧ Is there one most important quality to gain power?
❧ What qualities do I have that are my strengths?
❧ What qualities would I like to develop ?
❧ What am I already working on?
(FROM: Jennifer Stangl, Director of Professional Development at CUES)
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