There are so many perspectives and opinions on what a leader actually is and what they actually do. Some perspectives proclaim that leaders should have this quality or that quality, or that leaders always do this or never do that. And these perspectives and opinions are usually offered with a numbered list of all it takes to be a leader. All you have to do is do these three things or these seven things. Or say these words or just use this body language. The reality is, however, that understanding leaders, whether you are a leader or follower, and we are all leaders and followers, is fundamentally about one quality. But a lot of people find really challenging to work with this particular quality and so they try to avoid engaging with it, or simply attempt to ignore it and repress it.
Engaging with this one quality is also usually avoided by most leadership programs and initiatives, which are largely based on prescribing an idealised set of qualities that every leader should possess, rather than actually working with the reality of what it really means to be a leader. This results in a situation where leaders are far more likely to repeat endless quotes and platitudes, and look to inspirational posters on the wall for guidance rather than actually connecting with that one quality that will really enable them to become the leader that they instinctively know they can be.
That one quality that really matters to a leader, the one quality that every great leader possesses, is an understanding of your inner power. If, as a leader, you can create a healthy and free-flowing connection to your sense of inner power, you can consistently use it to purposefully navigate unknown and unfamiliar challenges, enabling you to create consistently valuable outcomes. As you successfully navigate leadership challenges by connecting to your inner power, you often find that you attract more and more followers to whatever purpose you are engaged in because they instinctively realise that you can also help them to connect with their power.
Many people confuse power with control and often conflate them as if they were the same quality but power and control are quite different. When working with the Archegyre, power is defined as ‘the capacity to fulfil a need’, whereas control is defined as ‘the ability to decide an outcome’. Rather than connecting with their sense of inner power, many leaders spend most of the time attempting to decide outcomes. Which is fine if you are working in a situation where every aspect is known and familiar and there is certainty in a particular outcome but the reality is that most business environments involve a large degree of uncertainty. Continually trying to decide outcomes in an uncertain situation simply results in a self-defeating spiral of micromanagement.
Using Archegyral processes to understand your leadership talents and potential enables you to connect with your inner power, and all the resources that it provides for you, as you step into situations that may initially seem unknown and unfamiliar to you. The more that you connect with your inner power, the more resourceful you will realise that you actually are, and the more capacity you will have to fulfill your needs and the needs of those who are attracted to working with you. As you connect with your sense of inner power, you often find that what you’re actually doing is connecting your followers with their own sense of inner power. And that is often the nature of a great leader, someone who can empower others by connecting them to their own sense of inner power.