What is the unique feature of Power of Leadership?
The unique feature of the Power of Leadership is the strong emotions it creates in the participants. They are going along in a very fun, casual manner and then, as they realize that they have power or do not have power to change the organization, the simulation becomes very real. Participants become engaged both emotionally and intellectually. This creates very stimulating discussions and often results in very powerful “aha” moments.
Power of Leadership starts out like StarPower but it takes the issue of power much farther. Instead of just being concerned with showing people how seductive power can be and how it feels to be powerless, Power of Leadership also challenges them to figure out ways to improve the system.
For many people, power is a taboo topic. As part of a training program a colleague runs, he asks participants to identify the values that are important to them. Not once has acquiring power been chosen as a high value. Yet, if one observes the behavior of these same participants, acquiring power is often the motivating force behind many of their actions. This taboo makes it difficult to talk about, teach or learn about how to lead, or how to react to leaders. And, because we’re reluctant to talk about power, it often means that myths, misperceptions, incorrect assumptions and various forms of self-deception are allowed to grow unchallenged. Furthermore, power is the quality that makes the role of the leader unique. Trying to talk about and understand leadership without talking about power is like trying to talk about and understand cooking without mentioning heat.