At a recent event my friend Dr. Lindsey Gunn challenged my thinking regarding the difference between Strength and Power.
One view of Strength is to think of it as the ability to move or withstand a significant force. It exists in physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual states. Strength is there, but latent.
Power can be thought of as the capability to assert/apply that strength. Power is the overt or covert expression of that strength, which results in influencing behavior or events. Power also exists in the threat of its use. It can also be manifested in physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions.
Dr. Gunn asserts that from an organizational perspective Strength is enhanced by diversity, and Power exists in unity.
I think I agree.