Chapter 9

Redressing Power

I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.

—Harry S. Truman

The seventh step to ethical power—Redress power

The seventh step to ethical power is to use assertive behaviors to build your power base up with others. Be proactive, make decisions, act on them, and take responsibility for them. Recognize that sometimes it may be better to seek forgiveness than to seek permission.


In my conversations with business people, it’s clear that most people want to have more control over their work, moving it in a direction they want to go in. The seventh step to ethical power is about saying what you want and where you want to head.

This is the step that most people have the greatest difficulty ...

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