The Center for Creative Leadership has conducted a study on power. Here's a summary from CCL's Web page:
- Make relationships a priority
- Don't overplay your personal agenda
- Maximize your communications network
- Be generous with information
- Be an expert
- Tailor your power to reward others
- Reward with words
- Punish with purpose
- Teach others
"Some stats from the research: Power is simply "the potential to influence others." CCL recently surveyed 280 leaders about the nature of power at work. Key findings include:
- 94% rated themselves as being moderately to extremely powerful at work. There is a notable correlation between a leader's level in the organization and how powerful they believe themselves to be at work.
- 28% agree that power is misused by top leaders in their organization.
- 59% agree that their organization empowers people at all levels.
- 41% indicated that they would feel more powerful at work if they had more formal authority. "