As we know, the most essential kind ofleadership power is personal power. Someone is capable in getting people towork because of their experience, knowledge, charisma, or access to informationwhen he or she uses his or her personal power. Good leaders who are believed tobe the most influential are people who work their personal, but not people who justrely on the power of the job title.
We can see that influence usually comeswhen a person exercises the power of who they are as a person. Astime goes on, the “who you are” will impact your daily actions, whichis how you want to treat other people, especially when you think thatnobody is actually looking. People’s traits such as honesty, fairness, and compassionare able to help people build up a leader’s personal power.I used to believe that for managers, on onehand, since most of them are achievement-motivated who focus on their personalimprovement, they would like to do the work by themselves. On the other hand, likeother employees, they also hope to get some short-term feedback on their work performanceor evaluation, and then they can let other people understand which jobs theyhave completed and how good they are doing their jobs.
However, based on myobservation, I found out managers in large or company, instead of performing allthe tasks by themselves, they need to have others such as their subordinates towork together for the company. As a result of that, those managers need to do theirjobs without getting some personal and immediate feedback because tasks havebeen assigned to a lot of employees. For example, for a manager in my company, itseems like his job is to focus on more finding people who are able to or knowhow to influence other employees not those who just can do things better aloneby themselves. So we employees can realize that a professional leader or companytop manager usually possess a real high need for power instead of focusing on gettingthe achievement, which is very important to their management work.
Of course,that need has to be controlled, so it can be directed to the whole company’sbenefit.