Empowered and Peaceful
Do you create a sense of peace in your work environment around feeling powerful? We all have talents and we all have imperfections – it’s called being a part of the human race. Congratulations and welcome to it!
Our talents are also a representation of a natural flow of power. As a manager, leader or CEO, if you don’t feel comfortable with your own power and imperfections, you will project that fear onto your staff. When you notice people minimising their talent (the proverbial put downs), call it out! “Putting yourself down doesn’t make me feel great, I want you to shine and be your best self. Let’s celebrate that you are doing an amazing job”. Then talk about how their talent is benefiting the team, organisation and you (be human) – use specifics.
On the other end of the scale, when people inflate themselves to look ‘better than’ or ‘above others’, this is a sign of insecurity. This is not authentic power. You can confront this too and talk about how we are all on the way to tapping into our best selves and to discuss other’s talents as well and if they are comparing themselves to others. Maybe ask them how they feel about themselves when they don’t perform at their best – reflective practice on this could be an elixir for them. There may be work here for you to do. Own it and you will see a big shift.
The more peace you have with your own power, the more at peace you are with highlighting other’s power. Power comes in many forms, however in its most authentic form, it is aligned with a higher purpose in serving humanity. That is why our power usually comes from talents that are natural and gifted to us. As responsible managers, if we encourage these talents in our staff, we actually tap into their power. By tapping into that source, we often get the best of our employees.
It can be an actual talent to unearth a person’s gifts, as often, people are insecure about showing their powerful underbelly. They may have been shamed for their power in the past and so are afraid to reveal their true selves. But if you are at peace with your own power, they will feel it. If they feel a sense of trust with you and reveal what they can actually do, you have just unlocked a potent breadth of a human resource. We often think (on the budget/balance sheet):
1 Human = 1 human resource.
No! No! No!
1 Human = infinite supply of resources.
To be the master at this, you first need to realise and claim your own infinite supply of resources.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” Marianne Williamson writes in “A Return to Love”.