Personal POWER – in Business



SITE : “Be Humble, and Proudly….
8 Things that Cause your LACK of MOTIVATION (& how to fix them)

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.

FROMPower: 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) :
🥉 Character & attitude: Cultivate versatility, appreciating multiple world-views different from yours – with curiosity & gratitude, no matter how much you know.  This empowers you to manage yourself, so you can show up with humility, regardless of your role or status.
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

🥉Mental rehearsal: Rehearse & refine your thinking with variations & possibilities, to see what will work best in each situation. Be innovative when changes are needed, like generating strategic winning moves in a chess game.

🥉Observational skills: Know what to watch out for. Hone your ability to read people & situations, especially subtle signs & cues. That will allow you to better understand what others are communicating by what they’re not saying.

🥉Sense of timing & rhythm: It’s counterproductive to rush through the process when you’re eager to achieve something.  Using observational skills & Developing multi-intelligences along with observational skills, you’ll know when to come in, when to step back or when to leave – to improve conditions for others to be in peak performance.

🥉Physical agility & resilience: Stay aware of your body posture, gestures, inner sensations, energy & movements – to better align & support the above abilities without burnout.

❧ 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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