Powerfective Leadership: The 7 Stages

What does Powerfective mean?  Is it even a word?

Yes it is a word.  It is MY word. It is a Frankism.

The ability to get a team to perform at a higher level is not an easy task. It takes influence and planning.

Have you ever been part of a group, organization or team that had a leader but the leader didn’t really have the true power of the group?  They may have had authority, meaning they could tell you what to do and you had to do it because you were working for them, but they didn’t have power (respect, admiration, influence) of the group.  They didn’t have buy in.  This is the difference between Authority and Power. Authority is by title, Power is by influence.

Powerfective means to have both the influence of the team and the effective plan to get the results that are desired.

The old saying that a team is equal to or greater than the sum of its parts, is not necessarily true.  A high performing team is not just showing up with their abilities and knowledge.  They show up wanting to give as much as they can, wanting to improve and wanting to create something that is greater than they could ever achieved on their own. They know the power of a great team and they volunteer, with great enthusiasm, their all.  This is an example of a Powerfective team.

Powerfective Leadership means that you have a team of people that respect, admire and want to perform at their highest for the leader.  They are inspired by him/her and are truly influenced by their vision, mission, values, commitment and desire.

This Powerfective Leader also has a strategic plan on how to take the synergy of the team and focus it into great results.  Inspiring others is not enough. If you don’t use the effort put forth by all, in an effective manner, you lose the whole purpose of the team: results.

Powerfective Leadership has 7 Stages.  We will go deeper into each of these stages and how to accomplish them (in later articles), but for now, let’s just focus on defining them.

Stage 1: The Potential Leader: This is the person indentified to lead a team or project.  They have been chosen because of what they have shown as influential and effective leadership traits.

Stage 2: The Entitled Leader:  A person leading by title only. Meaning, the do not have buy in from the team. In fact they are not leading well.  They are coming from the place of entitlement: “I am the boss, that’s why!”  Not a good way to lead.

Stage 3:  The Relational Leader:  This person if focused on building strong interpersonal relationships with their team members.  The team members, at this stage, WANT to be lead by this person.

Stage 4:  The Performing Leader:  At this stage of leadership you are a top performing leader.  Top performing at your speciality, not necessarily as a leader. That is not the focus of this stage.  If you are par of a sales team, you would be one of the top performers of that sales team.  This accomplish creates a “wanting” of team members to learn about your success formula.

Stage 5:  The Mentoring Leader:  Here you are helping others to become successful; a top performer.  Your credibility is leading the way and your desire to help others gets full buy in from the team.

Stage 6:  The Leader Developer:  At this stage you are teaching others how to lead others. You are becoming the leaders of leaders and you are helping others to become the same.

Stage 7:  The Legacy Leader:  You have developed a culture of leadership. This is a sustaining model and you stay a Legacy Leader by creating processes and ongoing cultural development and support.

What stage do you believe you are in Powerfective Leadership?

In the end, it doesn’t matter what you think, but what each individual of your team thinks.

Over the next few weeks we will go into each stage in a more in depth manner.

In the meanwhile, please let me know your thoughts.