If we want to apply these themes to organisations, if individuals believe that their leader is there to get as much out of them for giving as little as possible, they withhold their commitment. If they experience the leader as Caring for and Growing them, they with grant their commitment and give the leader the right to tell them what to do. In other words, they will give the leader the right to exercise power over them.
In organisations, power operates in hierarchies. This means to say that the job of anyone in a position of power is Care & Growth. If we can assure that the themes of Care & Growth and Legitimate Power operate within the organisation, the product will be leaders, teams and individuals who operate willingly and with commitment in pursuit of the organisation’s goals.
Fundamentally, you can’t ask people to contribute to the business unless the boss is there to do that for them
There is a further issue that is addressed by the Intent Thematic. To understand this, we need to understand why people go to work. Whatever reasons people give, those reasons can be fitted in for categories, namely: security, fulfilment, power and harmony.
All four of these are the product of how one’s intent operates and how one experiences the world. If you base your security on what you are getting, you will always be insecure. But if based on quality of what you contribute, because you have control over what you are contributing and the quality of what you are contributing, you will be secure.
Similarly, when we want something from another, their ability to withhold what we want makes us able to be manipulated, we become weak. We only regain our personal power when we shift our intent from what we want to how we can be helpful.
Furthermore, when we engage with people from the basis of getting stuff out of them, we will experience constant conflict with those around us. When we shift to how we can be helpful, we experience greater degrees of harmony.
Lastly, when we constantly engage with the world on the basis of what we want we will never be fulfilled because the world very rarely give us what we want.