Do you understand real power? Titles bring power. However, there is a drawback with that power, once the title is lost or taken away the power goes with it. For example, You are a General Manager and have the power, to help raise people up or to fire someone. You can evoke fear when you walk up to people or you can put a smile on a person’s face because they know you have helped them before and they respect you. Or do they?
That influence that comes with your title is temporary, especially in these turbulent economic times. I want you to know that there is a far greater power than the titled power. This is the natural leadership power. This lives inside everyone, and we are born with this. The potential is dormant and rarely used by the vast majority of people. It’s available for anyone who is willing to look inside, find it, and activate it!
This power is the real deal! Why? Because no-one can ever take it from you, regardless what is going on in the world. This power does not rely on external conditions. To lead others using this power requires a delicate balance between you being strict yet friendly, tough but sensitive, courageous yet compassionate.
When you go to work each day you are given the opportunity to express the absolute best within you. This requires no external title to do that. You have the power to influence, inspire and raise up every person that you come into contact with, by giving them the gift of being an incredible example. You don't need a title to do that either. Just the fact that you are alive you can propel positive change in the face of negative conditions. You can treat all the shareholders with appreciation, kindness and respect thereby elevating the company’s culture to the best of the best calibre.
Authentic power is what you were born with. It is your birthright to discover it and unleash it to do its thing in the world. No matter what your position within any company, no matter how old you are or where you live on this planet, or how bright or slow intellectually you may be, you have the power to demonstrate leadership! No one and nothing can deny you that, but the responsibility is on you to activate that power. Stop pretending you are a victim and start representing yourself as a natural born leader! That is the ultimate choice before you now. Victimhood or leadership.
Your natural born power has so much more impact and influence on the people you come into contact with compared to the formal, external authority that comes with a title. This is the best time in history to be alive. Everyone now can become a leader both in their lives and at work. Never in all of the history of mankind have we been given such a fantastic opportunity. Many outdated practices and customs of business and in society have been turned upside down. Demolished actually. The leadership have become democratised.
No one is unimportant. There are no extra people alive on the earth. We all matter and every job matters, and we can make all work meaningful with this way of thinking and acting. Victims live by excuses, in general, those who excel at making excuses usually do not excel at anything else.
You can be mediocre or world class in what you do. Be a visionary. look into the future and see how you can make things better. Rethink the way you work and don’t be afraid to boost your productivity. Ask yourself How can I do a better job? How can I work faster? How can I serve the customer even better? Put yourself in their place what is it like doing business with you? You can then resolve to bring the level up to a world class notch. Until next time I wish you peace, love and success. Martin Acton sensei