You haven't thought much about power until now or you are just beginning to be aware of your own use of power. You may find that you avoid feedback or conflict because you think that you'll find it distressing. You struggle to find balance in your life and you may find yourself unsatisfied with your ability to navigate difficult situations or decisions. It's likely, too, that you find it challenging to build strong, sustainable working relationships. Don't worry – there are plenty of ways to learn more about power dynamics and become stronger and more positive in your use of power, starting now. Read our tips below to find out more.
You have some understanding of power but you haven't thought much about your own uses of power and it's impact on others. Because you may worry about causing harm or seeming arrogant by using your power, you may try to avoid or downplay having power. You respond to conflict defensively more often than you'd like and you may defend your good intentions rather than exploring your impact. You often feel boundary-challenged either by being too lax or too rigid. Though you strive to be a good listener, it isn't always easy for you. You have some good working relationships but you struggle in certain situations - especially in those where there is a power differential. The good news: your interest in power means you have great potential to learn more! Realize this potential by seeking opportunities to improve even further. Read more below.
You have a good sense of how you use your power and you have an awareness of your impact on others. But you notice that there are still situations you find challenging and you may not always step up to that challenge. You tend to over-respond or under-respond to feedback especially when it is difficult to hear. You strive to self-reflect and learn after handling difficult situations. Shadow aspects of power can catch you unaware at times. You likely have great relationships, and you probably find that people approach you for advice. However, when so many people admire your people skills, it's easy to lose sight of your own needs. Read our tips below to find out how you can continue to build positive uses of power.
You are comfortable and well-versed in power and you have an excellent awareness of your impact on others. You practice being curious rather than defensive. You are also open to giving and receiving feedback, in fact, you seek it out. You have a good balance of caring for yourself and others and you are clear about your boundaries. You are usually successful in resolving and repairing relationship conflict. People, like you, who have awareness of their power and know how to use their power in positive ways, make great leaders. While you may have explored positive uses of power, you may want to focus on getting more familiar with the power paradox and the shadow side of power. Read more below to boost your knowledge and awareness of the shadow side of power and how it may impact how you use your power in the world.