Summary of Power

Why Some People Have It – and Others Don't

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Power book summary
Learn how to develop and wield power, for your own good.


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If power corrupts, why does everyone lust after it and worship those who have it? Power – used wisely – can keep you healthy, make you rich and let you achieve great things for humanity. Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior, explains why seeking power is in your best interest and shows you how to attain power and keep it. He debunks the objections you usually hear from the powerless and the powerful alike. He lays out a step-by-step guide on how to start building your power, what you’ll need and, most important, what it’ll cost you to achieve. getAbstract recommends Pfeffer’s somewhat-less-than-Machiavellian, but still useful, book to anyone who ever has felt powerless in work or in life and wants to power up.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you should pursue power,
  • How to develop and wield power, and
  • How to handle challenges to your power.


Truth to Power
Power has a bad rap. Scores of overweening politicians, underhanded businesspeople and crafty leaders abuse power while promoting their own interests at the expense of others. Many people shy away from the pursuit of power, seeing it as a distasteful, self-aggrandizing climb...
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About the Author

Jeffrey Pfeffer is a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University.

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