There are two types of power; position and personal. Leaders develop and use their personal power.

The type of power associated with being the boss is called position power. This type of power is used when you can not influence another to do what you want. When you use position power, you issue commands or directives. You do not ask. Position power yields compliance. Position power is given to you by the organization; it does not travel with you.

The other type of power you can use is called personal power. This type of power is associated with you as a person. This type of power is used to influence others to do what you want. When you use personal power, you ask another person to do something. You do not issue commands or directives. Personal power yields commitment. Personal power is not given to you, you earn it and you re-earn it every day. Personal power has nothing to do with your position, and it is portable across all social organizations.  This power is derived from personal qualities that a person has. Some of these are:

  • Integrity
  • Charisma
  • Knowledge
  • Courage
  • Humility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Visionary

Some of these sources of personal power are more important than others. Generate your own personal power profile:

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