Powerful Done Right

Posted: September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

As a Superintendent of Schools, it is always been quite impressive to me as to the authority and power one has in this position.  I have always treated this responsibility as one that requires me to share this responsibility and in turn believe this creates a much healthier and growing organization.  The Leadership Freek’s Blog post today (link below) was about ways power can be leveraged to make people feel more powerful (and to me this also translates to motivated, engaged, and committed people as well).  I have shared the part of his blog below that really hits on this message. I also would say that this message is easily extended into the classroom and ask that teachers as you work with your learners consider or continue this.  Imagine a learner who feels empowered, motivated, engaged, and committed.  That is an awesome picture to envision!

7 beliefs that inspire feelings of power:

  1. Personal skills and passions are relevant and respected. You belong.
  2. Hard works pays off. Drifting is called out.
  3. Progress is respected.
  4. Success is likely.
  5. Honest mistakes are learning experiences.
  6. Seizing current opportunities leads to new opportunities.
  7. Leadership recognizes and supports effort.

12 powerful ways to make others feel powerful:

  1. Answer confusion by defining success.
  2. Give others as many choices as possible. Choice makes you feel powerful.
  3. Get people focused on what they can control rather than what they can’t. It’s natural to think about what won’t work. Focusing on what you can’t do causes people to feel powerless.
  4. Create roadmaps to success with short-term wins. People feel powerful when they believe they can win. How will people know they are winning today? Winning enhances power; losing drains it.
  5. Surrender power to create power. Let others have power.
  6. Give choices. Choices make people feel powerful. How are you giving choices today?
  7. Engage others early, frequently, and deeply. It may be faster in the beginning to do it yourself, but in the end, you get further with engagement.
  8. Be reliable. Fear grows when leaders aren’t reliable.
  9. Make decisions. Uncertainty drains power.
  10. Make others believe their voice matters.
  11. Eliminate complexity.
  12. Lower doubt and anxiety.


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