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Are you motivated by power?

Are you motivated by power?


In his book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman talks about motivation beyond power and money.


And yet I have often had people in organisations lament the fact that managers appear to be more interested in power than anything else.


One participant said that they believe it’s particularly a problem in middle management because they have not quite made it to the top but have just enough power to be able to make some people's lives difficult, should they choose to.


I think there is both a dark and a light side of power.


The dark side is that I use it for personal gain a lot. The light side would be that I empower people or use my position to be able to open doors and create relationships and linkages and opportunities for people.


If you do have some power in your role you using it for good or evil?


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