Myths and Realities about Power in Social Intelligence and Cooperation

I believe power is wielded today most effectively when it’s used responsibly by people who are attuned to, and engaged with the needs and interests of others. It is a fact that empathy and social intelligence are vastly more important to acquiring and exercising power than are force, deception, or terror. In fact, the skills most important to obtaining power and leading effectively are the very skills that deteriorate once we have power.

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The power paradox requires that we be ever vigilant against the corruptive influences of power and its ability to distort the way we see ourselves and treat others. But this paradox also makes clear how important it is to challenge myths about power, which persuade us to choose the wrong kinds of leaders and to tolerate gross abuses of power. Instead of succumbing to the Machiavellian worldview—which unfortunately leads us to select Machiavellian leaders— I strongly believe we must promote a different model of power, one rooted in social intelligence, responsibility, and cooperation.

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