The pursuit of power is universal and rightly human. I want to know that I can make a difference. I want whatever it takes, the power, to do just that.

Let’s clarify terms and point of view. The role of leader inherently means power. A leader is someone who has influence, an expression of power. The parameters of influence define the degree of power. The leader must identify the desired level of authority and then determine and walk the path to reach that level. Once achieved the leader must decide how to handle that authority.

Let’s get practical. What does power look like to you? Tell someone your answer.

Now, how do you handle the power you are given? This is the critical factor.

I think great leaders “give away” their power without losing their power. And the fascinating result is multiplication, a practice gains more influence.

The life-blood of a high performance organization is the flow of empowerment, of releasing initiative and ownership throughout the organization. A culture of honor and dignity thrives as the members feel the power to make a difference and to be aware of their contribution to reach the goals and succeed.


Count the ways you empower others. Now in the next 30 days, double it. To figure out ideas, go to your team to create these new avenues for growth and releasing others.

Then, evaluate the impact on yourself and the others in your organization. Track changes in attitude and in concrete results. Let me know how it goes.

React or Respond?

React or Respond?

When Technology Isn’t Your Friend…

These days, progress often means a new opportunity for technology to be the answer. Exciting to engage with a new, reportedly more efficient tool or to stay with the current trend. Technology—the wave of the future. Okay, jumping on board.

Then your best efforts go south. The link that was supposed to serve as the Welcome-Handshake leads instead to a mock page with Latin gibberish. Or the internet connection that says it is working when your email is not showing up and an important communication must be sent, like yesterday. Maybe important items are swallowed in a computer crash. I meant to back it all up.

In the face of the technology fail, I must make a deliberate choice to respond, not react. To pause and not release what is rising up in me. Frustration. Words. Judgments. Whatever the situation “deserves.”

A reasoned response is an expression of self-leadership. Self-leadership is central to walking in wisdom and powerful influence. Self-leadership requires a heart to grow in maturity. Self-leadership requires internal honesty and courage to address the “why” behind the reaction. Sometimes being asked powerful questions unlocks my motive and my options for change.

I can justify reactions pretty easily. But what price am I paying for my reactions and what impact is my leadership having on those in my team?

Things happen. Technology fails. People fail. I fail. The strength of my leadership is exhibited in my response to moments like these. Atmospheres are created by a leader’s reaction.

  1. This week, notice whether you are reacting or responding.
  2. Identify themes in what sets you off and what you handle well.
  3. Get honest about your “why”, perhaps with a trusted thinking partner.
  4. Focus your change area and create next steps.
  5. Celebrate your increase of self-leadership!

Turn those “fails” into leadership success moments. Create an atmosphere of positivity and honor in the face of the unexpected and the unwanted. You choose.

Point of View and the Organization

Point of View and the Organization

As a leader, I have an inner cry to know where I stand in the big picture. I need to have my boundaries of influence and authority articulated and expressed to those around me.

In high school art class, we were instructed to choose a perspective for our drawings. That selection would frame the shape and shading of all elements in the picture. The things closest to me would then be that largest. Beyond that, the rest of the elements diminished progressively in size and importance. Once I settled on my perspective, everything else was defined. The things farther from me were still valuable to the picture, but served more as supporting images that created context or filled out the whole story in the visual.


What clarity do you have about where you stand in the big picture of your organization?

“I am the Senior Leader,” you might say. “That is my position. So that this my point of view.”

Not necessarily. Position contributes, but does not have to dictate point of view.

Consider, what is your leadership style? Commander-in-chief—orders given and expected to be followed? Quarterback—active in the field, but calling the plays? Player/Coach—doing your best tasks in the game, but also trying to communicate the big picture? Coach—not actually doing the plays, but empowering others while creating alignment to the vision?

Your answer strongly defines your point of view and shapes the rest of the picture.

Objective: To discover and embrace the point of view that releases the best me, the best team and the best results overall.

Processing Questions:

What is your present point of view?

From this place, what is working well in your leadership?

What areas need fresh solutions?

What point of view provides the best growth options?

What is your next step take to make a shift?

Processing Support:

Create reflection time and write down your thoughts.

Ask for feedback from your leadership team to describe your point of view.

Engage a leadership coach as a thinking partner.


Your Partner in Growth,



Author’s Place in the Picture

Author’s Place in the Picture

staircase-perspective-george-ozeI stand uniquely in my place in the picture of leadership development and organizational health and high performance. Along the way my canvasses for expression have been not the typical story to lead to this position. I make no apologies. This world is for me. My passions are deep and wide to equip and empower others to discover their voice and live in the fullness of their potential. And, our fullness is meant to be expressed in community, in multiple organizational expressions. We each have a unique purpose that must be discovered and embraced and matured.

Here I stand, ready to grow and inspire growth. Let’s dialogue. Let’s innovate. Let’s discover greatness and exceptional living. Let’s share insights and ideas, learn new skills, and empower others to become the best. Let’s build exceptional organizations to impact the world for good.

I invite you to explore different perspectives, to consider your heart and motives, and to live courageously in exceptional community. Let’s talk about how to work well, get remarkable results, and change lives and communities brilliantly!

Bonnie Wozniak