The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence by Dacher Keltner

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Read The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence Online Free - A revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power. Celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others and the result is power as a force for good in the world.

It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior? So often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. Enduring power comes from empathy and giving. Above all, power is given to us by other people. This is what all-too-often we forget, and what Dr. Keltner sets straight. This is the crux of the power paradox: by fundamentally misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place we set ourselves up to fall from power. We can't retain power because we've never understood it correctly, until now. Power isn't the capacity to act in cruel and uncaring ways; it is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and itself a good a thing.

Dr. Keltner lays out exactly--in twenty original "Power Principles"-- how to retain power, why power can be a demonstrably good thing, and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness.



Title : The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence
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ISBN : 1594205248
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 pages


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Brian rated it ★★★☆☆

May 17, 2016

I used to read quite a lot of business books years ago, and (not knowing any better) I thought they were pretty good. But then I got into reading popular science. When I then went back to business books, I found that they were tissue-thin. The majority were really little more than a magazine arti...


Kony rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 09, 2017

Well intentioned and carefully organized, but neither sharply argued nor terribly informative. The author makes sweeping generalizations about "power," and about how "powerful" and "powerless" people operate, that reflect a generically liberal worldview without bringing anything new to the table....


Michael rated it ★★★★★

November 01, 2016

In this book, as in his previous works, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that he is one of the leading psychologists of our time. Dacher proposes that a change in the paradigm through which we have seen power. Rather than something acquired through domination or coercion, Keltner argues convincingly t...


David rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 12, 2017

This book is, for me, an enormous disappointment. First, when trying to explain how people get power, he details how powerful people do more for the people around them. Then he explains how powerful people don't do things for the people around them. Then he explains that powerless people also do...


Jill rated it ★★★★☆

November 26, 2017

This was so interesting!! Such a paradigm shift but at the same time, I can definitely see how it is true. I'm definitely going to be thinking about this over the next little while and I'll need to re reread it too. It also left me with a lot of questions. About very specific examples, such as: c...


David rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 05, 2016

Dacher Keltner's "The Power Paradox" argues that power is gained through making a difference in the lives of the people over whom power is acquired. He argues power is given by the people to the leader. I was in strong disagreement with the central premise of the book until two caveats were made...


Daniel rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2016

A fascinating book backed by lots of research about how power is gained and lost, and the effects of power and powerlessness. The power paradox is: power is given and not earned. We are conferred power when we work for the greater good, not for our own Machiavellian good. However, power corrupts...


Yashar rated it ★★★☆☆

December 11, 2016

It is an informative book. I especially liked the chapters 4 and 5, which were very informative. In general, in this book, a novel narrative concerning the concept of power is tried to be given, as well as reasons regarding why people abuse power when they gain it and how powerlessness causes men...


Sean rated it ★★★★☆

August 17, 2017

A very quick read, which some found shallow. I found it a little too brief on its main points, like an article in book form. The key points are made though, towards a softer vision of power as compared to the iron-fisted vision of The Prince. A good lens to have at hand when talking about power,...


Erwin rated it ★★★★☆

August 17, 2017

Eye-opening at times, unconvincing at other times. I picked this book up on a whim, since I was interested in the topic of Power from the perspective of current politics. This book, however, makes clear that the topic is approached from a much broader ( and a much more personal) angle. The author...





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