UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE AND POWER: AN IMPORTANT KEY TO BUSINESS
"The best leaders are those who understand power and people.
They use this knowledge to make the world a better place.
Leaders guide, mentor, organize, inspire and lead." ~ Ann Vanino
How well do you understand people and power? To lead effectively
in business, an awareness of both is crucial. Understanding
people involves studying the way people work: what they want in
return for their work, how they work best, what hampers them,
their individual styles, what attitudes and perceptions they
bring to work, how they interact with a team and the nature of
their hopes, dreams and desires.
Do you know leaders who understand people? Truly effective
leaders use this knowledge for the betterment of those who work
for them. Often, leaders who appreciate people build effective
teams. They know how to hire the best people. They can motivate
people to work well together. They can communicate effectively
with their team. Understanding power involves studying the
nature of power and how people use it: how things get done, the
subconscious attitudes and perceptions that affect personal
interactions, how to influence people, and what needs to be done
to get where you want to go.
Do you know leaders who comprehend power? Truly effective
leaders use this knowledge to get things done. Often, leaders
who understand power are successful in reaching their goals.
They can quickly determine the playing field and make the best
moves. They inspire others to success. They can overcome
obstacles as they move forward.
Understanding both people and power does not always go hand in
hand. The leader who has knowledge of people but not of power
becomes ineffective. If they focus only on their team members
and do not keep their teams moving successfully towards their
goals, they lose. The leader who knows only to wield power may
have a vision and know how to reach their goals but cannot build
and motivate a team to get things done. What happens when
leaders have an understanding of both people and power? WOW! You
have a special leader that can motivate people and lead them to
Understanding both power and people is a dance. A leader must
choreograph the building of an effective team and the mapping of
a winning strategy. They must constantly keep sight of team
member needs and what must be done to reach their goal. The
effective leader is always working on both.