When you know yourself, value yourself and stay true to yourself, you’ll find meaningful purpose in all areas of life. At the core of your true self is the ability to bring the best out in those around you; the beginning of great leadership.
Gaining personal power takes effort just like any other area of your life in which you wish to grow. It takes conscious training several times a day to develop habits that ingrain beliefs, values and help you become at one with yourself.
Great leaders lead from a place of wisdom and not positional power alone.
You can have positional power and personal power, but you cannot be an effective leader without personal power. Nor do you need “positional power” to be a driving force for good in your own life and those around you.
A Trio of Personal Powerup Tips
- Seek to learn more. Commit to consistent learning and don’t limit the topics you choose to study. Attend seminars and workshops to build your expertise. Always seek to learn more about yourself. Try new things, experiment, take some risks and put yourself into situations that make you feel vulnerable. Go see a movie after work if you feel like it, instead of feeling pressured to have drinks with your colleagues, just because you want to “fit in”. Do things that challenge and enlighten you.
- Be yourself. Be authentic. Authenticity is about being true to yourself, however, it is only possible when you have in-depth knowledge and know your strengths and weaknesses. You will begin to act with deliberate intentions that are in line with your moral compass. You will know what you should be doing and when to delegate the things that you know others can do better than you. If you’re not sure where your strength and weaknesses are, there are many personality tests available online to help: https://quiz.gretchenrubin.com, https://www.howtofascinate.com, https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test, https://mbainventory.com , and https://www.truity.com/test/type-finder-personality-test-new-e.
- Be grateful. Practicing mindful gratitude is among the most positive habits you can develop. Keeping a gratitude journal can serve you in multiple ways. You’ll feel better, sleep better, eat healthier, and have stronger relationships with everyone important in your life.
Coming from a place of personal power to lead others will help you reach your goals faster. You will have strong relationships with people who value your input, expertise, trust your credibility and will help you when you ask, without hesitation.