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  • Writer's pictureStacy Holland

Personal Power vs. Positional Power

What does this mean to you?

Do you know when you are in your personal power vs your positional power?

Personal power comes from within you. It is your innate belief, knowing and trust in yourself that you are good enough, that you have everything you need inside you already to be a great leader. To inspire and motivate others.

Leaders who demonstrate strong personal power know who they are, are great role models, demonstrate behaviors such as empathy, curiosity and championing others. They seek to help others and support them in being the best they can be.

Positional power is a title, a role, a position that has been awarded in an organization. It often comes with the ability to take decisions on behalf of others and the company. And can be increased or reduced depending on a persons status.

Leaders who lean more in to positional power will use their rank to get things done and influence others and situations. At its best this can be used to mobilize teams to great outcomes with a unified vision and purpose. At its worst, it is one person driving their agenda to the detriment of the team and the company.

We need the best of both in people and in organizations. In balance.

I know what it’s like to feel like I needed to be more in positional power to ‘get stuff done’ and progress in my career. But the belief that dialling this up was the best way to progress and succeed on resulted in me burning out and feeling deeply unhappy.

When I leant more in to my personal power the transformation in me, in how I worked, in the journey I took others on and the impact I had in organizations and one people in my teams and around me was undeniable. I felt happier, more energized and more at peace.

I coach and mentor leaders and teams to discover their own unique power. To come back in to who they really are, reconnect to their purpose and find their own path towards success and happiness.

Make one small but significant change today to stand in your personal power and feel the impact on you and those around you.

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