Chapter 10

Staying Individual and Connected

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

—Janis Joplin

The eighth step to ethical power—Stay individual and connected

The eighth step to ethical power is to remain a powerful individual in the face of the pressures that exist in society, such as the pressure to conform. Being authentic and courageous is key, as well as balancing your own unique individuality with the wider collective needs that exist. Truly powerful, influential people don’t just conform to the majority.


This is the step that deals explicitly with how we as unique individuals with our talents, approaches, and values deal with collective organizations and groups, including the workplace.

One of the challenges with ...

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