This is a great article about communicating. It has the premise of creating powerful conversations, and the key attributes are inquiry, listening, and value add. Nothing about strength, projection, or force. Criteria you might normally associate with power.
My takeaway here is that good communication is less about talking and more about paying attention to the other party, adding value, rather than taking.
These seem like common sense and it's all too easy to forget them in the moment. Maybe power is really about powerlessness.
Powerful conversations establish bonds between people, clarify intentions and create a lasting impression. The words we use, and the way we use them, signal both our savviness and our mindset.