Do you want to have power in your organisation?

Do you want to be able to influence decisions?

If the answer is “yes” then you need to understand the three keys to power – role power, knowledge power and relationship power.

Role power is based on the position you hold in your business/industry. It stands to reason that in normal circumstances the CEO will have more influence than a first year graduate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to exert role power, it can be easy to make sure that decisions go in your favour. The issue is that you will only get compliance in actions and not the willingness to go above and beyond when implementing those strategies. My advice is if you have role power try to ignore it as best you can and focus on the other forms of power.

Knowledge power comes from the expertise in your chosen field. Being an expert takes time and hard work. It takes application to learn the skills required and only through experience will you have awareness and understanding to exert control. Having knowledge power will mean that people consult you in the decision making process and trust your opinions.

Finally, relationship power comes from your engagement with others. Strong relationship power stems from your ability to strike up a bond with those around you. Again, this takes time and a genuine interest in what is important for your colleagues. Having relationship power will mean that people will want to involve you in how your team or business are governed.

Focus on the mastery of your craft so that people recognise you as an expert.

Invest time in your relationships so that others respect what you bring to the process.

In the words of the song, “We got the power….I know we do!”