A New Relationship With Power

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

–Marianne Williamson

How do you perceive your own power? And what of your relationship with power? Power is everywhere and in everything, because power is energy. Energy that can uplift, enthuse, inspire and empower ourselves and others.

Sadly, in the leadership world, we often get confused about power. We can, often unconsciously, either diminish our own power and ‘play small’ as Marianne Williamson says, or we allow ourselves to be caught up in unhelpful power (underpinned by fear or insecurity) whether wielded by us or others.

In thinking about healthy power, I found this quote (surprisingly) attributed to Bonaparte to be illuminating:

‘I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.’ (Napoleon Bonaparte attributed)

Of course, Bonaparte is better known for a more aggressive wielding of power. Notwithstanding that the idea of loving power as an artist resonates strongly for me…wielding an inner power that comes from deep within and allowing that to fuel the expression of something beautiful like music. We all have this ability if we open ourselves to our inner power. That strength, joy, and passion guided by love which we express through our relationships with others. Inviting them to be inspired as we are inspired by the potential of ‘beauty’ in all its forms.

Beyond the obvious world of art, that ‘beauty’ can also be in the creation of a new project or an innovative idea. It can be in the joyful management of routine yet important tasks. We can perhaps consider ‘beauty’ as a relationship between inner power and the physical form that results – be that in nature, in organisations or in our daily home lives.

What could result if each of us consciously chooses to release our inner power? If we face our insecurities and fears, if we access and celebrate our strengths and talents and really release the light within us, we step into a whole new space – as a leader and as a human being.


Lorraine Flower
Lorraine Flower
As a Corporate change agent, consultant, coach and mentor Lorraine founded azzur and is completely transparent about the spiritual principles on which it operates. Alongside her 18 years as azzur’s founder, Lorraine brings 20 years' service industry experience to bear through her senior leadership roles at British Airways (BA) and Great North Eastern Railway (GNER). It is Lorraine's belief in individual and organisational power for good that gives azzur its raison d'etre. azzur and Lorraine specifically has worked with clients across the business spectrum from financial services, to retail and transport to healthcare an in both the public and private sectors. azzur is focused on developing contemporary, spirited leadership capability, and organisations built on inspiring purpose, empowering cultures and a powerful vision and values. She is championing new models of leadership and organisational development founded on the principles of conscious leadership and writes extensively on these topics.She is a member of a number of global spiritual groups and communities serving the greater good of Humanity and the planet. She works and studies extensively in developing and exploring conscious leadership believing that business leaders are key players in transforming the well-being of the planet and humanity as a whole.

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