CHAPTER SEVEN

Commander Power Plays

Who doesn’t admire a Commander’s passion for winning? Whether it’s the stirring performance of George C. Scott portraying Patton, the legacy of Winston Churchill, or the celebrated coaches of the National Football League, we all find ourselves on the edge of our seats rooting for great heroic Commanders to seize the day.

When we consider how the power genes of the Commander play out in the workplace, it’s important to note that over 65 percent of our clients who self-identify with this power style report that managing down is one of their biggest challenges. When I have solicited candid feedback about the Commanders I have coached, their colleagues often report that the Commander’s project management skills ...

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