Issue 140 - 04 | Sharing Power: Why It Requires Deep Personal Change

By Robert J. Anderson & William A. Adams
Published April 13, 2016 11:00 a.m.
“Sharing power always means that someone has to let go of control, and someone has to accept more responsibility. Power is a major variable around which our self-world relationship is formed. Some people maintain a sense of personal safety and worth by having power; others establish their identity by giving their power in exchange for protection and belonging. Our relationship with power is a big part of how we create our sense of identity.

Our approaches to change are far too casual about both asking managers to let go of control and assuming that others will want increased responsibility. When we redistribute power, we ask people to reconstruct themselves—and that requires deep personal change.”

About Robert J. Anderson & William A. Adams | Robert J. Anderson is the Founder and Chairman of The Leadership Circle and the Full Circle Group. He has been a pacesetter and visionary in the leadership development field for 30 years.

William A. Adams is the CEO of The Leadership Circle and the Full Circle Group. He has been a practice leader in the field for 30 years. His clients include the CEOs and teams of major Fortune 500 corporations (public and private) and private equity start-up businesses.

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