How much do I want to read more? 3/10

This book is very dark:
"There is no doubt that the world would be a much better, more humane place if people were always authentic, modest, truthful, and consistently concerned for the welfare of others instead of pursuing their own aims. But that world doesn’t exist."

Is the author's view focusing on the "dark side" of things?
"leaders overemphasize their positive attributes and leave out the negative qualities and behaviors."

It looks like this book is more about climbing the corporate ladder in the business world.
I'm not so much interested so far.

Introduction: Be Prepared for Power

For instance, one study investigated the primary motivations of managers and their professional success.
One group of managers were primarily motivated by a need for affiliation—they were more interested in being liked than getting things done.
A second group were primarily motivated by a need for achievement—goal attainment for themselves.
And a third group were primarily interested in power.
The evidence showed that this third group, the managers primarily interested in power, were the most effective, not only in achieving positions of influence inside companies but also in accomplishing their jobs.


First of all, having power is related to living a longer and healthier life.
These findings shouldn’t be that surprising to you. Not being able to control one’s environment produces feelings of helplessness and stress and feeling stressed or “out of control” can harm your health.

Second, power, and the visibility and stature that accompany power, can produce wealth.
Third, power is part of leadership and is necessary to get things done


hat’s because people prefer to believe that the world is a just and fair place and that everyone gets what he or she deserves. And since people tend to think they themselves are deserving, they come to think that if they just do a good job and behave appropriately, things will take care of themselves.

The belief in a just world has two big negative effects on the ability to acquire power. First, it hinders people’s ability to learn from all situations and all people, even those whom they don’t like or respect. I see this all the time in my teaching and work with leaders. One of the first reactions people have to situations or cases about power is whether or not the individual “likes” the person being studied or can identify with the object of study. Who cares? It is important to be able to learn from all sorts of situations and people, not just those you like and approve of, and certainly not just from people you see as similar to yourself.

In fact, if you are in a position of modest power and want to attain a position of great power, you need to pay particular attention to those holding the positions you aspire to.

As soon as you recognize the just-world effect and its influence on your perceptions and try to combat the tendency to see the world as inherently fair, you will be able to learn more in every situation and be more vigilant and proactive to ensure your own success.