The Strength to let go of Power….
Concentrate on building your strength of character versus striving for more power.
The point of power is to wield it for ones own benefit. Building strength is for the purpose of standing by the people or bigger ideas you believe in. The former is inherently self centred, the latter is for the greater good.
Leaders who need to make themselves more and more powerful are likely lacking in strength of character. They lack the strength to let go, the strength to admit failure, the strength to apologise, the strength of belief in their own capability and vision.
It’s possible to build power without without getting your hands dirty, falling over, taking risks or forging authentic relationships.
It’s impossible to build strength of character without being willing to let go, be vulnerable, fail or succeed.
Ultimately people who lead by power generate resistance.
Whereas, it’s great to be lead by someone we know will be strong, is selfless and trustworthy.
Is your path informed by the power you are collecting or, the opportunities to build your strength? You never know unless you check yourself out.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln