I have been conducting research about what are key things to lead from a powerful place – whether at home, work, or in your community. One of the most impactful characteristics of powerful leaders is appreciation. My definition of appreciation is gratitude and growth. While gratitude alone is cool, it’s a nice thing, makes individuals feel good about what they provided to you, it’s incomplete.
What makes leaders powerful is the growth or transformational aspect of appreciation. It’s taking challenging (sometimes REALLY challenging) situations and relationships and instead of complaining or blaming others – the person leading with power initiates the change from within. Turning an obstacle into something beneficial expands the person’s confidence, capacity, and credibility – and inspires others to do the same.
So lead a bit more with power and who knows how far you can go?