It is terrific to learn that power can be used for good and does not have to be used to hurt those around you. One definition of power found in New Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is the “ability or capacity to do something,” “control or dominion or a position of control, dominion or authority,” and “a person who exercises control, influence or authority.” These definitions, in and of themselves are not inherently negative, harmful or bad. This means that neither power itself or the exercise of power should be seen as negative or something to avoid or fear. Many people have heard the expression, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This means that it is not power itself that is the problem, but how one uses power that causes problems.
When ordinary business people think of power they often think that power has nothing to do with then or their business operations. This could not be farther from the truth. No matter what business you are in and no matter what your industry, power matters. One idea that you must look at when dealing with power is can you safely outshine a superior?
Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power give only one way of looking at power but certainly not the only way to look at power. When you truly understand power it is possible to use it without evil intent. Those who think power can only be used by evil people for evil purposes are misinformed. In fact, power is a good thing and can be used for good purposes.