Friday, March 09, 2007

Unleashing Power And Potential

Great quote and post over at FC Experts by Donna Karlin. You will need to read the entire post but it went a little something like this:
Recently, I read a passage about leadership that defined it as "The capacity to influence others by unleashing their power and potential.” Those leaders who are charismatic, powerful speakers with energy and passion can quite easily lead an organization to success...

...The key is to look for a leader who creates a vision so powerful that it goes beyond the individual leader; it translates through the entire organization, embraced by all and lived by all. It becomes the organizational culture and transcends any one person.

Now imagine combining both and how powerful that would be. If I challenged leadership by asking the question “Who have you influenced to unleash their power and potential, helping them evolve into their level of excellence?”...True leaders transcend the pettiness, the need for constant personal attention. They create a sustaining culture of high involvement and thus shared power.
One sure sign of being a level 5 leader is one who empowers people. What other way than by unleashing their power and potential. Unlimited potential lies unbridled within all of us. It is the job of the leader to unleash that potential thus uncapping the potential of the organization. When a leader does this they will effectively increase the influence they have.

As a pastor of a church or department leading volunteers, often we lead without having one of the key motivators, "money". Unleashing the power and potential of the people you lead will garner respect and loyalty that will be felt as you influence others to fulfill the vision God has challenged you with.

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