There is a growing body of research focusing on how powerful people behave differently than others. Some of these studies are merely descriptive, but others give hints about how a person can build their power. Take, for example, an interesting…

For most (but not all) people, doing the things you should do politically involves a great deal of effort. Lots of us know networking is important, but we’d rather hang out with our friends. We realize that politically successful people…

A lot of us don’t like asking others for favors. Even when we need other’s help to do our work, we hesitate to ask. We shouldn’t. Let’s think for a moment about why asking others for help is such a…

“Political visibility” might be defined as the extent to which your name comes up in conversations concerning the distribution of scarce resources. If you have political visibility, you are much more likely to be the beneficiary of such decisions, and…

Experts have privilege. Their credibility makes them influential, and their ability to frame problems and offer solutions makes them powerful. However, not everyone who has mastery over a relevant body of knowledge becomes recognized as an expert. And some people…

For achievers, few things bring more satisfaction than being rated #1 in something. Whether it’s the Olympic Games, the Oscars, or simply getting the best grade in a course, being at the top provides a quintessential rush. Problem is, top…

One of the things in popular culture that always mystifies me is the attention we pay to celebrities. This carries over to business as well, and it is one of the drivers behind something called “the romance of leadership.”[1] Basically,…