Business & Leadership

Wisdom on Power

The secret of leadership is about knowing how to empower others.

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The secret of leadership is about knowing how to empower others.

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts - perhaps the fear of loss of power. ? John Steinbeck


A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less. ? Jean De La Bruyere


Anyone can stand adversity but to test a person’s character, give them power. ? Abraham Lincoln


Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. ? Honoré de Balzac


The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. ? Mahatma Gandhi


Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own. ? Joss Whedon


It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s truer that power attracts the corruptible. ? David Brin


Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. ? Mahatma Gandhi


Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. ? Elie Wiesel


Power isn’t control at all — power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own. ? Beth Revis



Jeanne Yizhen Yin



Special acknowledgement to Symphony of Love: Inspiring Love, Peace, and Happiness for the beautiful and insightful photo.



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