If life focuses on the pursuit of happiness, work focuses on the pursuit of power. We angle for those promotions, negotiate for raises, or eye the corner office. But success extends beyond pursuing power — we must also learn how to manage it, says Stanford GSB professor Brian Lowery. “You have to be careful with power,” he says. “Think of it as fire. It’s useful, but it’s also dangerous.” As part of a Stanford Executive Program course, he describes different sources of power, simple ways people can obtain more of it, and the pitfalls of mismanaging it.
A scholar discusses how
to manage your influence.
BY SHANA LYNCH
PO WER’S PITFALLS Leaders often ignore perspectives beyond their own.