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The Elements of Power: Lessons on Leadership and Influence

The Elements of Power: Lessons on Leadership and Influence

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The Elements of Power: Lessons on Leadership and Influence by Terry R. Bacon

Power is the fuel that drives the ability to influence and lead. Throughout history, those skilled at wielding personal and organizational power have been able to lead and motivate others, change minds, shape and create movements, influence social trends, and harness others’ energies. In the business world, the most powerful leaders drive new initiatives, build high-performing teams, and guide their organizations toward the successful accomplishment of their missions. In fact, to make a difference in any realm of life, one must have power—and the more powerful one is, the more influential one will be. But “power” isn’t simply a matter of authority or position. Some managers fail to influence others effectively despite their leadership positions—while others who may have little official status seem to lead and inspire those around them effortlessly, and continually accomplish great things. What sources of power enable them to do this? And how can one build and use sources of power? Complete with a self-assessment after each chapter, The Elements of Power combines the latest research on the nature of power all over the world and invaluable insight into:

  • How power works in organizations
  • How people use and lose power
  • The relationship between power and leadership
  • What makes famous people powerful or what diminishes their power
  • Sources of power and how to build each one
  • Leading and influencing others more effectively

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