“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
― Margaret Thatcher
I have known good people who fight their whole life to reach a high place, whether in a company, the government, financial status, fame, etc.
Once they reach their goal and finally they have a little more power than usual, their personality suffer a dramatic shift and they no longer are the same person I once met.
Is it just me or nowadays we find “bosses” everywhere who are more concern on exercise their power on others than in getting good results for their company/institution/country etc.?
I have seen lately an increment in the number of “bosses” who are more interested in “showing off” how authoritarian they are, how their slaves, sorry I meant subalterns, fear and obey them and how “tough” they look giving orders all the time.
I actually met once a person who didn´t agree with letting her employees work from home, just because she wasn´t able to exercise her power on their subordinates. “But they are getting the results your company needs” I argued. But she always answered: “What´s the point of being a boss, if I cannot show them who´s got the power around here?”
Yes, I felt so sorry for her too, but I am seeing that problem generalised everywhere.
We already have got “too many bosses and not enough Indians” Why do we have that stupid need to exhibit our power over others in such childish manner?
We don´t need that kind of bosses, we need leaders who inspire others to be the best versions of themselves, who teach through their own example and who are able to show us practically how to use a mop and a broom, before the demand us to do that job for them.
Any fool, and I mean ANY fool can shout, can use rude words, can get drunk and can humiliate others.
Power is not good or bad, Money is not good or bad, it is the man who got them the one who defines its energy and results.
Do not search for power only that is an addendum, do not search for money only that is a consequence. Search for be powerful enough to tame your spirit.
Leo Tolstoy said that power is a word the meaning of which we do not understand. And I think that is true, same with many other concepts we constantly repeat but just as a habit, not real understanding.
I hope I´ll be able to focus my power on conquer my own fears and to exercise it to work on my weakness. I have been on both sides of the command chain and I have enjoy and suffered bosses along the way. So I hope that will give me the wisdom to treat others with the same respect I expect from my fellow man.