Power and influence are funny things. Sometimes the more we chase after them, the more they elude our grasp. And there’s plenty of truth in the old saying: “If you have to tell people that you’re powerful…you aren’t.”People tend to put their trust in a “leader” who seems knowledgeable, who seems confident in her decisions, and who has a track record of getting her followers safely to wherever they need to go. When we identify someone like that, we latch onto them, whether they specifically ask us to or not. In fact, we’re more likely to follow someone who doesn’t seem to be grabbing at power for its own sake and who places her follower’s needs ahead of her own.In other words, gifted leaders act and speak as if they’re sitting in the driver’s seat accidentally—as if they were pushed into this role by a desire to help others or serve the greater good, and the perks of leadership are incidental, or even a little distasteful to them. Natural leaders give away credit and thanks, they think twice before they bark orders, and they usually don’t applaud themselves publicly for the authority they happen to hold over others.So when you’re asked, point blank, to explain exactly how powerful you are, this can feel like an awkward catch-22. Especially if this happens during a job interview. Here are few things to keep in mind as you address this question.