Think You Have Power? Check Your Perceptions
Though talk of power makes some people uncomfortable, there's no doubt that it is vitally important in organizational contexts to influence others, perform your job and attain goals. Drawing upon extensive research from the field of organizational behavior and psychology, the author identifies six steps to gain power -- meaning control over some valued resource upon which others depend -- and then use that power for good, or for "pro-social ends." Only by learning to use your power wisely -- first and foremost, for the benefit of the people around you and the organization you serve -- will leaders be able to enhance group success and make decisions that have a positive impact on others.