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Leadership Power and Influence
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The quotation “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” was said by the
British historian and moralist, John Acton. The words of Acton were expressed in a letter to
Mandell Creighton, Bishop and historian in 1887. John Acton further mentioned that “Great men
are almost always bad men”. Our history itself teaches us that absolute power had led to
corruption like Roman emperors declared themselves as gods and Adolf Hitler who became a
corrupt leader. There are many examples since time that power corrupts people and absolute
power corrupts absolutely. It is evident that as individual’s sense of morality lessens as his or her
power increases.
I agree with the sayings of the historian Lord Acton that absolute power corrupts
absolutely. But everything in the world has its positive as well as negative sides. “Power is the
ability of one person or department in organization to influence other people to bring about
desired outcomes” (Daft, 2014). If the outcomes desired by the person are for good of all then
certainly it would be the best use of power but if a person uses power for his personal benefit
then he is likely to be corrupt. “Individuals’ personalized (self-serving) power motivation was
associated with antisocial decisions, and in a healthcare context, individuals socialized (other-
serving) power motivation was associated with pro-social decisions” (Magee, 2008).
Power is an intangible resource possessed by any leader which can be used to influence
others. Leaders utilize that power to achieve organizational goal. But the same power can be used
for benefit of self too which is likely to be antisocial and corrupt. For leaders too there are
positives and negatives of power. Positive side is that leaders can make confident and better
decision and are likely to be more assertive. He or she can use power to help others for the good
of all. On the other hand, the downside of possessing power is that leaders can be more
concentrated on egocentric desires of theirs and less concentrated on others perspectives.

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Leadership Power and Influence Student's Name ABS 415 Professor's Name Date The quotation "power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely" was said by the British historian and moralist, John Acton. The words of Acton were expressed in a letter to Mandell Creighton, Bishop and historian in 1887. John Acton further mentioned that "Great men are almost always bad men". Our history itself teaches us that absolute power had led to corruption like Roman emperors declared themselves as gods and Adolf Hitler who became a corrupt leader. There are many examples since time that power corrupts people and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It is evident that as individual's sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. I agree with the sayings of the historian Lord Acton that absolute power corrupts absolutely. But everything in the world has its positive as well as negative sides. "Power is the ability of one person or department in organization to influence other people to bring about desired outcomes" (Daft, 2014). If the outcomes desired by the person are for good of all then certainly it would be the best use of power but if a person uses power for his personal benefit then he is likely to be corrupt. "Individuals' personalized (self-serving) power motivation was associated with antisocial decisions, and in a healthcare context, individuals socialized (other-serving) power motivation was associated with pro-social decisions" (Magee, 200 ...
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