Acknowledging and Transforming Power Paradigms in Organizations

Power is an emotive issue in organizations. Individuals who feel disempowered experience frustration and resentment, while those with power often struggle to manage their positional authority. Today, the structures that have traditionally shaped power dynamics in organizations are being challenged by new models of leadership. But what are these emerging forms of leadership? And how do they influence traditional power paradigms?

Expressions of Power and Their Impact

What makes us powerful? Is it innate or is it only real in reflection? In other words, are we only powerful when others give us power? Typing this I realize how naive that is. Some humans tactically hold power by default – by gender, or age, or youth, or height or…..

Power can be as subtle as a hand grenade or soft as a warm embrace.

Expressions of Power and Their Impact

What makes us powerful? Is it innate or is it only real in reflection? In other words, are we only powerful when others give us power? Typing this I realize how naive that is. Some humans tactically hold power by default – by gender, or age, or youth, or height or…..

Power can be as subtle as a hand grenade or soft as a warm embrace.