Power is like a flame. If you hold it too tight, it can smother. If you hold it too tight it will also burn. And like fire, it can be beneficial, or conversely, it can hurt others. It needs fuel, oxygen and a source of heat and likewise, power needs fuel, fresh air, and energy or it can’t be sustained.
When you get power, give it away. You’ll be surprised at how fast it returns to you. In fact, the more power you give, the more it comes back. If you empower those around you, they are eager to return the power to you. Those who hold power close to their heart and fail to share it are doomed to see it die off. If you fail to empower those around you, they begin to resent your power and want it for themselves, and when they get it themselves, they see your example and won’t share it, much less give any of it away.
Those who are confident know that their power actually comes from others and are comfortable with that. In doing so, people are comfortable with handing it to them, because they know it won’t be used against them. When you give power, you gain trust, and trust is the most important element in any relationship, especially with the people you hope to inspire.