MVP: Cultivating expert and referent power increase your influence and ability to be a mentor.
Think about the people who have had the biggest positive impact on your leadership.
My three most important mentors have all been in hierarchical positions above me, and perhaps your mentors are as well.
However, it isn’t their legitimate power that has made them dear to you.
There are two forms of power more potent than legitimate power.
Expert power exists when someone is highly skilled at something that is important to the followers.
Referent power exists when we have respect for someone else and admire them.
In many cases, your mentors’ most important forms of power will be referent and expert.
And here is the really amazing thing: neither of those forms of power are limited to being in a hierarchal position above someone!
This means, regardless of position, if we cultivate expert and referent power, any of us can be mentors to others.
Today’s intention: Reflect on your expertise and think about people who admire you. Don’t be bashful. You have an opportunity to mentor someone. Think about what that means. If you are “too early” in your career, identify someone in proximity that you would like as a mentor… and approach them.
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