Power Play: Watch and read power

Power Players are suckers for the way benevolent power is portrayed on the big screen and in books. They watch and they read as much material as they can get their hands on.

Sometimes it really is benevolent – The West Wing’s Josiah Bartlet or Meet Joe Black’s William Parrish.

Sometimes it’s watching the power of The Godfather’s Vito Corleone. Or maybe it’s Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Or reading about Winston Churchill or J. Edgar Hoover. Whatever it might be, Power Players like to read and watch how others wear their power.

Do they wear it lightly? Are they cruel and unusual? Where do they draw the line? How do they deal with feelings of doubt or self-loathing? Never underestimate the stuff you can learn from simply watching others wear or use their power. Do as much of this as you can. Watch, read, observe. The world’s greatest power players always do.

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