Most of us think that power comes only with authority and designation.
Legitimate or positional power comes from designation and job title.
Reward power comes if you have the ability to give bonus or punishment .
Expert power comes from knowledge , if you are the subject matter expert on a particular field, but the power which I am going to talk about is called Referent Power. This power usually comes from the personality and character of the leader.
I am sure you must have come across an individual in your organization who draws people towards him or her. He or she is so respected , loved and trusted that people come to him/her for decision making, guidance and mentoring. The person may not have any link with the project of the follower, but she has the power on the people. And according to me, this is the best form of power which a leader can have.
- These leaders get more power by giving it away. Real power is not about what you do, but what you teach others to do.
- When a leader enables others, s/he extends the power. If your follower can succeed and achieve, you get more power . Your power gets established .
- People with real power are not push-overs. Those who are afraid of losing power, cling to it and are afraid of sharing power. A real leader empowers others and aligns them with his values.
Real power comes with passion, integrity , empathy, empowerment and when you treat them with respect and help them shine !