Leadership is a people business. It offers an immense opportunity to lead people toward change, toward the organization's vision and toward enhanced opportunity for the leader's personal and professional growth and development. It also presents a unique challenge to guide, promote and have a positive influence and effect on the growth and development of subordinates. In order for subordinates to grow however, a relationship of trust must exist between the leader and subordinate. Trust is not readily given to any leader; trust must be earned.
The word power, like the word money, or the word sex, evokes different respondes from different people. Most likely, however, the word power is perceived as something sinister: ""bad"", ""not good"", ""negative"" - something with which one should not become involved, something to be avoided. When we hear from a significant American politician that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac - greater than sex - it is not wonder the concept is perceived with such awe, and fear. Yet power is very desirable and must be attained to some significant degree if we are to be successful in life. Power is essential for an individual to acquire if he or she is to be successful in leading an organization.