Don’t Let Power Corrupt You

Don’t Let Power Corrupt You

Harvard Business Review

Don’t Let Power Corrupt You

How to exercise influence without losing your moral compass

Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro | Harvard Business Review

Simply recalling an experience of power can lead people to greatly overestimate their abilities. Research shows that the ability to map networks is a source of power -- but paradoxically, as people become more powerful, they are less likely to harness the benefits of accurately perceiving networks below them. That's because of the self-focus induced by power: People at the top tend to become less attentive to subordinates and can't be bothered to map their networks.

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Don’t Let Power Corrupt You, Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro, Harvard Business Review, 2021