Psychology studies show that power creates a paradox. Research finds that in business and other institutions in Western societies, people happily lift up leaders who are well-liked. The issue is that the qualities that made them popular tend to disasppear once their power is established. Training informed by social science can help to curb this effect, by helping leaders become better aware and mediate how their behaviour changes over time.
“Fleeting feelings of power can dramatically change the way people respond to information. Instead of analysing the strength of the argument, those with authority focus on whether or not the argument confirms what they already believe. If it doesn’t, then the facts are conveniently ignored.”
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