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Oxford Executive Leadership Programme Week 4: Leading with power and influence.

The Oxford Executive Leadership Programme explores leadership skills for the complex and dynamic modern workplace. Over eight weeks, you’ll learn techniques to lead high-performance teams to add value and purpose to your organization, through effective leadership strategies and insight into the process of effective decision-making.

Week 4: Leading with power and influence. Explore the significance of power and influence within leadership.

What does power mean to me?

My Takeaway: Power is simply the way to get things done. Many look at the dark side of power - my perspective is to use power to strategically to empower those we lead to allow for their growth and success.

My Reflection: The best use of power is behind the scenes, where it doesn't overpower others, yet allows for the organization and their members to accomplish their goals.

My Observation: I have seen many misuses of power in my life - the best use of power is to do what is best for the organization and its members, not what is best for the leader. This always comes back to you in a positive way.

What does influence mean to me?

My Takeaway: Influence is a form of soft power, and can often achieve more than by exuding power and authority.

My Reflection: Influence has a huge impact on everything - and learning to understand how influence affects us is enormously valuable in wielding it. I found Influence by Robert Cialdini an amazing listen!

My Observation: Reading the Starfish and the Spider and Soft Power understanding how leaderless movements were started were truly enlightening - Ice Bucket Challenge, Black Lives Matter and the "Me Too" movement were very insightful.

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