I am not sure if you have ever been to one of my presentations or workshops. In nearly every presentation, I share an amazing story about my mother and a statement she used to make often. The statement was “I’ve Got the Power”! I share the details of this special story and I leave the audience with a message about their power as a leader. Today, I want to share the message with you.
Effective leadership is about understanding power. Our world is a power-hungry place. Some only seek power for the sole purpose of obtaining it. Others seek power only to abuse it.
The most admired leaders in our history have gained power for the sole purpose of making things better for other people. Gandhi and Martin Luther King are two examples of admired leaders who used their power to make a difference in the lives of other people.
When you use your power for good, it makes things better for us all. Early in my career, I learned that the purpose of power is to make things right when you learn they are wrong. The best leaders are in constant pursuit of power to make things right.
Using your power to improve the lives of others is an important part of being a difference maker.
Here is where the rubber meets the road. If you want to be great this year, you must be willing to use your power to make a difference for others. Here are three ideas on how to use your power this year to make a difference for others.
- Commit to volunteer your time to serve someone less fortunate than you.
- Take the opportunity to teach someone a skill or a task that you do well.
- If you see something wrong in your world, use everything in your power to make it right.
If you want to become a leader that is admired by all, then use your power to make a difference.
As my mom would say…
You’ve Got the Power (to make a difference)!
PS: Speaking of power, check out presentation where I talk about the power of your impact as a leader