When you hear the word energy your first thoughts might be of gasoline, oil, or electricity. If you’re a physicist, you might think of different types such as potential energy (stored) versus kinetic energy (movement). A geologist might think of thermal energy and lava moving below the earth’s crust. But what about human energy? Have you ever met someone and come away saying, “What great energy. I’d love to work on her team.” Or perhaps you’ve thought, “If I only had his energy, I could get so much done.” Can people get more of what they see others have? The simple answer is yes.
What is Energy?
Energy is inherently neither good or bad. It is just a measure of what is. When you gravitate toward someone, you are likely attracted to his or her energy. Energy is life. The more energy you have, the more life you have. 
People who score on the low end of the energy continuum are described by others with phrases such as always in a bad mood, has a victim mentality, creates a toxic environment, and possibly depressed. On the other end, people who score high in energy are described as passionate, enthusiastic, positive, supportive, and creative. No one stays at the highest energy levels all the time, but he or she can choose to stay on one side of the continuum versus the other.
Schneider (2008) describes seven distinct levels of energy which are:
- Victim, lack of choice, fearful, I can’t, I have to
- Anger, combativeness, resistance, fighting energy
- Rationalizing, acceptance of what is
- Care, compassion, service to others
- Reconciliation, win-win
- Creative genius, visionary, intuitive
- Complete passion for all aspects of life, oneness
Your Energy Score
Which of the seven statements would you currently most identify with respect to your work environment?
- I’m upset. He just ignores me. It’s like I don’t even exist.
- I’m going to tell her off. I’m so mad at her.
- It’s okay. I guess I’ll just deal with it.
- I really want the best for my co-worker and company. I’ll support her in any way I can.
- Where’s the opportunity? How can we both win?
- We’re all connected, and everything here has value and purpose.
- I feel passion and joy here and in all situations.
Your energy score impacts not only how you see the world but also influences your ability to lead. It reflects how people see you and will respond to your leadership. People with low energy scores rarely have sustainable influence except to the extent given to them by their positions of assigned power.
If you want to improve your leadership, check your energy score and see what adjustments you need to make in order to build a solid platform from which to lead. If you need help moving your energy score up, I can help. Reach out for a conversation.
 Fun fact: Life as we know it ceases to exist at 0 Kelvin or -273 Celsius.
Schneider, B. (2008). Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach with an extensive background in leadership and business consulting. She administers DISC® and Myers-Briggs/MBTI® testing, designs and facilitates workshops, and coaches both individuals and teams. Sandra has a passion to help people be the best versions of themselves. You can learn more about her by visiting her website: www.shinecrossings.com