Mario Moussa

Using your authority to beat people down in your company may help you in the short term, but it isn’t good for morale. Most savvy, sophisticated executives are natural wooers because they understand that one of the most important things to people is their self-esteem, and it’s counterproductive to force people to go along with your idea rather than convince them of its merits. When … [ Read more ]

John Tillotson

They who are in the highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are most observed.

Yves Morieux

Power is based on the ability of one party to influence those things (the “stakes”) that matter to other parties to a degree that causes those other parties to eventually do something they would not have done without the first part’s actual or implied intervention. Despite popular belief, power is not particularly related to an imbalance of information available to the parties. Instead, the asymmetry … [ Read more ]

Robert A. Caro

No one can lead who does not first acquire power, and no leader can be great who does not know how to use power. The trouble is that the combination of the two skills is rare. The temperament and behavior of the ambitious, cynical player adept at amassing power is often at odds with those of the daring and imaginative visionary able to achieve great … [ Read more ]

Robert A. Caro

We’re all taught the Lord Acton saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But the more time I spend looking into power, the less I feel that is always true. What I do feel is invariably correct-what power always does-is reveal. Power reveals. When a leader gets enough power, when he doesn’t need anybody anymore-when he’s president of the United States or CEO … [ Read more ]

Robert A. Caro

We’re all taught the Lord Acton saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But the more time I spend looking into power, the less I feel that is always true. What I do feel is invariably correct–what power always does–is reveal. Power reveals. When a leader gets enough power, when he doesn’t need anybody anymore–when he’s president of the United States or CEO … [ Read more ]

Doug Sundheim

Contrary to popular belief, your decisions don’t drive your long term success – your decisiveness does. Said another way, when you reach a crossroads on any issue, the act of choosing creates power, not the choice itself. The issue is momentum. No matter what you choose, when you commit boldly with conviction, you create momentum. When you hesitate you don’t. And success is built on … [ Read more ]

Lao Tzu

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

Yves Morieux, Robert Howard

The concept of uncertainty provides the basis for a rigorous understanding of power in human behavioral systems. Power is the capability to act in – and on – the system: it is a function of the uncertainties one controls for other members in the system. Actors with power set the rules of the collective game and thus influence the behavior of others. In this way, … [ Read more ]

Lance Armstrong

There’s no difference between a man with no power and a man with power who doesn’t use it at all.

Ralph Szygenda

There are two thoughts that often get lost in the discussion about being effective in building and using influence: Don’t assume you have all the right answers-that’s why a strong team is essential. And, above all, do the right thing-not only for business or economic impact, but also for social and philosophical implications. Ultimately, power is the ability to influence and facilitate change, and people … [ Read more ]

Business 2.0

Information is not always power…Privilege and power accrue to those who have the capacity to define the systems within which information will be exchanged.

William Penn

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.

Saint Augustine

The purpose of all rulers is the well being of those they rule.

Michael Schrage

Knowledge isn’t power; the ability to act on knowledge is power.

Most firms grossly overinvest in technologies that let people see what’s going on and dramatically underinvest in delegation and true empowerment.

Napolean

To get power you need to display absolute pettiness, to exercise power you need to show true greatness.

Douglas MacArthur

I recall a Douglas MacArthur biographer who claimed that the one piece of advice that MacArthur most valued (which was passed on to him by one of his military forbearers) was “Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”

Kenneth Blanchard

Authority is 20% given and 80% taken!