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Executive development expert Terry R. Bacon analyzes the meaningful “elements of power” at the individual and organizational levels. He offers examples of individuals who have prospered or floundered in leadership positions in literature, history, politics, pop culture and business. Each chapter concludes with a summary of key concepts and challenge questions. getAbstract recommends this delightful but occasionally repetitive read on an essential topic. Bacon adds extra utility by showing you how to become a powerful leader.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What makes people powerful and
  • What sources of power you can develop to become a leader.

About the Author

Terry R. Bacon founded Lore International Institute and is the Scholar in Residence at the Korn/Ferry Institute. His books include What People Want and Powerful Proposals.



Power and Influence

To gain acceptance and be heard, you must recognize where power comes from and how you attain, cultivate and utilize it. Power does not emanate from a position of formal authority. People down the organizational chart from a CEO can wield more power, and some executives enjoy influence outside their own companies and industries.

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