Power and Leadership

Apply the Characteristics of Genuine Power
to Expand Your Influence as a Leader

An old definition of leadership is ‘A leader is someone who has followers.’ CSL redefines leadership with its principle that ‘A leader is someone who empowers other leaders.’ By this new definition, a true leader is not surrounded by followers, but by other leaders. In this workshop, CSL will explore the nature of genuine power with you.

Many internal issues in your organization boil down to bids for power or differences over perceptions of power. Are you a friendly leader or a friend and a leader? Becoming aware of the power dynamic can massively enhance your abilities as a leader. Does power have to be Machiavellian? Do the ends justify the means? Do others have to feel small in order for you to feel large? Does power mean ‘power over’ or ‘power with’?

Can you form a wider, more inclusive definition of power that enables your nonprofit to move forward toward your vision and goals without alienating others or making them feel undetected and unmotivated? When can you lead with empathy and when do you need to be strategic in your alliances? Is power a zero-sum game (e.g. more for me, less for you)? How can you augment the power of others while also expanding your own power? This workshop is a highly interactive journey into the true nature of power and how a leader can most effectively deploy it for maximum results.

Session Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to:
  • 1 Identify the primary sources of power in nonprofit organizations.
  • 2 Differentiate between power and control.
  • 3 Discuss the career trajectories of nonprofit leaders and why they often self-derail due to increased power.
  • 4 Discuss the advantages and pitfalls of friendship in organizational leadership.
  • 5 Understand how the role of power changes over the life span of a nonprofit.

Contact CSL if you would like us to help you customize
a leadership conference for your organization.