POWERFUL

SUMMARY: POWERFUL

 

Courageous Leadership: A 12 Week Action Plan

 

Read Chapter 4, Characteristic #6 (Powerful)

 

Schedule Meetings

Yourself (in-depth self-reflection) DOWNLOAD INVITE

Leader you consider especially powerful (Semi-Structured Conversation) DOWNLOAD INVITE 

Your Mentor (Advice, Information, Referral (AIR) Hot Wash) DOWNLOAD INVITE

Identify the best day, time, location & length for these meetings. Send your mentor and leader confirmation emails.

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Journaling

During these 7 days, focus your journaling on your power and the associated impacts to your daily activities. Please take particular care to capture the emotions, surprises, and new insights you experience and gain.

 

Power is defined as the willingness and ability to influence the actions of self, teams, & organizations. It is generally created, collected, and used in seven ways:

1) Positional–your position suggests that others should adhere to your intent

2) Expertise –you have valuable knowledge, skills, or abilities

3) Information –you possess scarce valuable insights

4) Coercive –you can inflict pain, harm, or death

5) Reward –you can reward with money, gifts, etc.

6) Connection –you can introduce people to other’s they want to know

7) Referent –others admire your leadership characteristics and want to follow you

 

Courageous Leaders learn the different kinds of power and when to use each. Referent power is the only use of power that is sustainable over time as all others eventually lose their ability to positively influence. During these 7 days, you may want

to focus on the following topics.

  • In what types of situations have you used each of the forms of power identified above? What was the outcome?

  • What is your “go-to”power & why?

  • What powers do you avoid and why?

  • Think of a leader you admire. What kind of power does he/she use?

  • Think of a time when you effectively used referent power. What was the outcome?

  • What do you do to encourage people to want to follow you as a leader?

  • How do you differentiate between power and tyranny?

 

In your journal, identify the differences between your observed Power and desired Power so that you may begin closing the gaps. 

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Semi-Structured Conversations

Spend time with yourself (self-reflection) and a leader you consider especially powerful. Prior to this conversation, observe the leader and document in your journal, power you see in their day-to-day actions. At the beginning of the conversation, summarize the philosophy of Courageous Leadership and the Courageous Characteristic of being powerful from your own understanding. During the conversation, capture the findings in your journal. Questions might include:

  • In what types of situations have you used each of the forms of power identified above? What was the outcome?

  • What is your “go-to”power & why?

  • What powers do you avoid and why?

  • Think of a leader you admire. What kind of power does he/she use?

  • Think of a time when you effectively used referent power. What was the outcome?

  • What do you do to encourage people to want to follow you as a leader?

  • How do you differentiate between power and tyranny?

  • What suggestions do you have for helping me to develop referent power?

  • Do you have recommendations for books or other resources?

  • Do you have a recommendation for a Powerful Leader that I should talk to?

Mentor Conversation

When you meet with your mentor discuss-

Advice: What advice does he/she have for you regarding Courageous Power in general and your level of Courageous Power specifically.

Information: Ask your mentor for sources of additional information that they have found useful regarding Courageous Power.

Referrals: Ask who should you speak to further regarding Courageous Power.

You may also use the questions above.

 

Culmination Actions

Given the identified gap between your current vision and desired Courageous Power:

  • Review and, if needed, modify your draft Individual Mission Statement

  • (IMS) to match your current understanding of Courageous Power.

  • Adjust your life and calendar accordingly to achieve your desired Courageous Power so that you may fulfill your IMS.

  • Include Courageous Power in your Individual Development Plan

  • Review and update as needed your T•C•E Alignment and W•F•S Balance

  • Knowledge Measurement: To measure your progress toward your goal of Courageous Leadership proficiency, please measure your levels of knowledge at the end of this 10-day section using the Individual Assessment

Bottom Line Value Creation

With your understanding of the need to create, collect, and use power on behalf of yourself, your family, your team, and your organizations, you possess the influence needed to impart your will –thereby creating value and avoiding chaos.

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