But what about those folks (and there are many) who are struggling with their performance on the job? What does one do, for instance, when their manager tells them they need to improve their time management skills or their communication style? How about those unfortunate souls who find themselves on a Performance Improvement Plan?
On a basic level, learning makes us aware of important information that can help us get healthy, stay healthy, or manage our wellbeing. It can also bring us together, fostering community and belonging.
As we all adapt to our new challenges and environments, it is critical that organizations have people at every structural level who can analyze situations, think critically, and make sound judgements. The way to make that happen is through aggressive learning and development.
Really it comes down to two things. You gotta want it and you gotta want it for the right reasons.
Just because a 40-ton excavator may have worked well on The Big Dig, that doesn’t mean you should use it to aerate the putting green. Leadership isn’t generalized.
Training gets people to be compliant. Professional development gets them committed.
To be blunt, a relationship where one party constantly exerts power over the other party to keep them in place (rather than helping them grow and thrive) is an abusive relationship.
Effective leadership with lasting results comes from strengthening your personal power, evaluating circumstances, and applying the appropriate influence.
This is an important aspect of positional power to be aware of. It can be taken away.