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Learn and use your power sources

It's possible you never considered how powerful you could become, right in the office that you work in now.

 Terry Bacon, a scholar in residence at the Korn/Ferry Institute and the author of The Elements of Power: Lessons on Leadership and Influence many sources of power are available to you at work, and following are some of them, along with his advice for plugging into them

. 1. Knowledge power

Your knowledge power represents what you know and what you can do.

Power tips: develop an area of distinctive knowledge, skills, or capabilities; write about what you know in articles, on blogs, and through social media; coach or mentor others.

2. Expressiveness power

Your expressiveness power is your eloquence -- your ability to communicate persuasively in speaking and writing.

Power tips: learn to love language (or to articulate as if you do); ask colleagues to critique your presentations; know your POV on hot company topics and practice stating it simply and succinctly.

3. Attraction power

Your attraction power reflects your ability to draw people to you.  The attraction may be physical, but it can also be based on warmth, wisdom, personality, shared experiences, or common values.

Power tips: go out of your way to be open and friendly, caring and considerate; talk less and listen more; let go of your masks and be yourself.

4. Character power

Your character power is based on others' perceptions of your honesty, integrity, fairness, courage, and humility.

Power tips: walk your talk; be honest, humble, and evenhanded; if your character is justly called into question, acknowledge what went wrong, accept responsibility, and act to make things right.

5. Network power

Your network power is derived from your connections with others.  A rapidly evolving power source -- intensified today by social media -- it comes not only from who you know but also the accessibility and power sources of those persons.

Power tips: collect and circulate information; do favors for others (no strings attached); involve and connect people through activities, projects, and events.

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