This is a superb line from Richard Kovacevich, CEO of Wells Forgo. And believe me, i had to read it a few times to get it. I am sure you would he faster than me to understand its underlying meaning!!
I have learnt and experienced a simple truth. The only way to get power is to give it away. The more you rely on, trust and believe in your team, the larger will be the commitment, engagement and outright development they have toward you.
Power does not come from forcing people to listen to you and coercing them to do what you say because you have the right title on your business card. Nope. Real power comes when you spread your passion, offer people a reason to climb your strategic mountaintops, treat them with rare respect and give them permission to shine, grow and lead without title.
Be there for people and they will be there for you. Simple stuff, but as i mentioned earlier, very powerful.