Purposeful Leadership and Power go Hand-in-Hand

Effective leadership cannot exist without proper authority. Similarly, authority without proper leadership is also doomed to failure. When considering this paradigm, it becomes apparent that the link between power and leadership is inevitable. Without one, the other becomes null. Leadership and power are as tied together as x and y on the Cartesian plane.

Power can be defined as the ability and desire to control. However, power alone does not make good leadership. For instance, a blackmailer provides evidence of the possession of power and how it can be abused. Power can contribute to effective leadership by enabling the leader to take necessary steps to create change. It can enable a leader to align guide, even through fear and intimidation. However, power alone does not constitute Purposeful Leadership.

nexusdarkerfontcoverKnowledge, skill and wisdom are necessary for purposeful leadership, just as power is necessary for effective leadership. The characteristics of leadership – vision, action, and communication – suggest that the acquisition of power is not its purpose. Leadership endows power to bring about change, but power does not ensure leadership.

Effective leadership is not the exertion of power, but the employment of power to share and give ownership of the leaders’ s vision to all constituents. Leaders must exercise judgement in selecting those with whom they will share responsibility. This must occur within the context of ethical balance – assured by a sound value system.

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