In today’s world we see a lot of people crave for power, some people handle power very well, and other easily abuse the little power given to them.
There are different levels of power, such as a President of a country, Director of an organisation and a manager in the work force.
Power and leadership go hand in hand, however my focus here is on the Power.
Before given any type of Power over people it’s important that such person’s compassion is tested and evidence in humility in Character.
It’s also important that such person can take a stand for what is right and can show that they possess integrity, gumption and can’t be influenced to abuse power and finally exhibit strong descent values that they live by.
Let’s take compassion for instance, I can’t emphasise how important it is, let’s look at Jesus for example, the bible says in many situations that Jesus had compassion on the people and, then He would perform a miracle to Bless the people by either healing, feeding and performing whatever good deed that was necessary and needed at any point in time.
It is very dangerous to give power to egotistic people, the bible says that God resist the proud and gives grace to the humble.
We have to get over ourselves and care and help those that we can when we have been given any type of power. It’s not about us, but about the people we serve with the authority we have been entrusted with.
There are different types of Power and Leadership styles, but for the purpose of this blog, I want to bring attention to what Referent power is.
According to Wikipedia, Referent power refers to the ability of a leader to influence a follower because of the follower’s loyalty, respect, friendship, admiration, affection, or a desire to gain approval.
Referent power is gained by a leader who has strong interpersonal relationship skills.
Interpersonal skills are simple skills to interact with other people properly.
A person with any kind of power must respect everybody, – younger or older in age and regardless of status.
I know that sometimes we have off days and it can easily be taken out on other people, but nothing should stop us from apologizing to the person we believe we might have offended, and correct the situation at hand.
Instead of commanding and controlling people, it’s more attractive to lead by example and influence people.
In my opinion Authoritative form of leadership is such a turn off and this style will ultimately affect the production and morale of the people around in a negative way.
If people have any kind of power it crucial that they continuously work on themselves on how to interact with others better.
Some people are natural charming, and some individuals are not, but everybody should know how to be respectful and polite to fellow human beings.
We must come off our high horses and treat everybody with respect, dignity and honour.
We can’t fake our behaviour as people can easily read us, but we all need to work on our people skills.
By no means should we overdo it as some people will abuse it and take our niceness, kindness for weakness.
However it is paramount that we show compassion, integrity and respect in any personal and professional capacity.
Until next time, keep Believing, Keep Hoping and Keep Loving.