MVP: Referent power is strongest. All powers entail an ethical relationship between the influencer and the influenced.
Mentors influence us.
Mentors hold tremendous power with us.
The form of power is referent. It is the power of respect and admiration, the desire to emulate and to please.
One of the really cool things about referent power is that the person upon who it is wielded is the one who gave the power to the wielder.
In other words, people only have referent power because we give them permission – gladly.
Referent power is the single strongest form of power.
Yesterday I asked you to think about why I kept using the word power instead of just saying influence. Three reasons:
Today’s intention: This is another week in which I am not sure how the messages will land. I believe today’s message is extremely important, but I’m not sure if I’ve lost people along the way. If you have a suggestion or words of encouragement, I would appreciate hearing from you. Email me by replying to this message.