A leader as experienced helper rather than wielder of power — What do you think?

“Early on, I learned that I’m better with influence than power. .. I like having influence. I like being with interesting people and helping them become better and being part of the flow of ideas. And that’s a little bit uncomfortable, as a boss. It doesn’t make sense to people that the boss, who is kind of a figurehead and maybe a confidence-giving parent figure, just wants to be an experienced helper. As a person of authority, I’m kind of teacher-consultant more than wielder of power.”

via Next Level Blog.

One thought on “A leader as experienced helper rather than wielder of power — What do you think?

  1. Julianna Hane says:

    My aerial coach says, “Teach the heart first, then the body/mind second.” Find out what motivates people, understand where they want to go, and then help them get there.

    It is tough when I’m teaching some more dangerous moves on an aerial apparatus…it requires that students let me be “the boss” so I can give them explicit directions (for their own safety). Rather than wielding power, I see it as giving students tools to do the things they want to do – discipline yields freedom. There is definitely a fine line there, and incorporating reflection into the process for both myself and the students is crucial for the open dialogue to continue.

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