One important way to develop personal power is to improve your ability to empower those around you. People who have the most personal power always seem to make the people around them stronger, bigger and more capable of doing whatever they have to do.
Here are five ways to strengthen others.
1. Allow individuals who work with you to join you in setting goals of the organization.
2. Authorities and responsibilities for people around you. The most skilled workers who have the most personal power have been able to work well without a doubt and fear of losing credit or controlling the situation. In general, Colin Powell presents a good example of a person who combines a strong safe self with the ability to hide. In the war with Iraq, he gave a strategic orientation and then sent responsibility and authority to his subordinate General Norman Schwartzkoff. As the spotlight of fame switched to General Schwartzkoff, General Powell held on board.
3. Share the information you have broadly.
4. Show that you have confidence in people. Show your trust in them the way you work around them and their subordinates, peers and bosses. Show that you believe they are doing it right. Share your credit with your subordinates and peers. Many executives are afraid to give up control and believe they are not rewarding for what happens if they share credit with their subordinates. If you have a true personal power and you are working to develop it and you allow people around you to grow and flourish, it will not go unnoticed. What you will be awarded for is what happens while you are in charge.
5. Give promise often to those around you, both up and down the chain. Promise appropriately and especially people are attracting you.
Remember this truism and it will be much easier for you to drop and therefore become more powerful. It's better to have 10 people working for you, who get closer than trying to do it all by yourself, which if it's not impossible will definitely burn you out.
© 2008 Darryl L. Mobley