Personal power provides you with a short cut to influence without the need to rely upon the use of political tactics. If you have sufficient power, people will do what you need them to do without you having to try too hard.
Put another way, personal power is about gaining more control over what happens in your life — it enables you to be able to decide what you want to have happen in a particular situation. It doesn’t mean that you always get your way, or that you should always get your way. Instead, it is increasing the potential that you have to influence things in a way that is convenient to you.
You should also bear in mind that power is not necessarily an ugly concept. Two people can have identical power and use it differently depending on their morals and agenda, and it is the ethical stance which makes the use of power good or bad. Using your personal power to help others, provide greater value to your customers and colleagues and make the world a better place is certainly an activity to be encouraged!
This guide brings together the key resources in the blog which can help you to become more powerful.
- Are You Powerful Enough? .
- How To Influence People Without Even Trying.
- Seven Ways to Become More Powerful.
- The Components of Power.
- Nine Sources of Personal Power.
- Developing Your Personal Power.
- What Personal Power You Have?.
- What Power Do You Need?.
- How Power Works in Your Organisation.
- Informal Groups in Your Organisation.
- Promotion Power Shifts.
- Power Vacuums and Unstable Systems .
- Using Social Capital to Build Political Muscle .
- Are You Wasting Your Time When You Try to Influence? .
- How To Be A Powerful Leader Without Alienating People.
- Group, Organisational, Formal and Informal Power.
- What Is Group Power? How to Influence Strategically.