Over the past couple of months, we’ve been sharing how you can use our leadership model, Leader in You®, to support you in building emotional agility, empathy, and in managing your own stress.

As a reminder, POWER is an acronym we use to help you remember five core actions that powerful leaders must do to move forward on important issues and initiatives.

  • Possibility Mindset: “What’s possible in this situation?”
  • Ownership and Transparency: “Why does this matter to me, the team, and the company?”
  • We-Focus: “What’s our shared vision or goal?”
  • Enable Action: “What action can we take to move forward?”
  • Review and Refine: “What’s working and what’s not working?”

Last week, we focused on the P in the acronym POWER which stands for Possibility Mindset. The most successful leaders are always looking for the possibilities inherent in the obstacles and challenges they face.

Today, we’re talking about the O which stands for Ownership & Transparency.

As a leader, once you’ve shifted into a Possibility Mindset, you’ll see new ways to move toward success. Then you’ll need to Own your role in moving your team forward and, as part of the Ownership, be Transparent about why this effort is important to you, the team, and the company.


Ask yourself: “What am I trying to do here? What are my contributions to success / failure? Why does success matter to me, the team, the business?”

The most successful leaders are able to articulate what they’re trying to do, and share why it matters to their success, the success of the team, and the success of the business.

They also invite others to share their “why” as well.

Think of the difference between being told that you should or must do something as opposed to being invited into a compelling understanding of why it’s important to both the person who is leading the effort, to you as a team member, and to the business, and then having a chance to share your thoughts as well.

Whether you’re a CEO, a manager, or a parent – letting the people you’re leading know that you own your role in creating a great outcome as well as what inspires you to do so, will invite alignment and action.

The best leaders are transparent
about their passion for success
and invite ownership and transparency
from the people they’re leading.

This week, take some time to think about whether you’ve stepped into ownership for the projects you’re working on and have been transparent about why success matters to you, the team, and the business. And whether you’ve also invited others to do the same.

When you seek to influence others and
allow others to influence you,
you’ll create greater levels of
engagement and collaboration.

Next week, we’ll talk about the W in the ACT with POWER framework which stands for We-Focused.

Let us know how you’re using our Leader in You framework in your life.

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developing your leadership skills
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