Why Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
Posted: 08/07/11 08:50 PM ET
There are some obvious explanations as to why individuals would abuse the authority associated with their formal positions. The existence of an altogether unrelated drive for personal gain would be at the top of that list, such as we saw unleashed through the financial sector before ultimately taking the form of the housing crash, which devastated not only America, but the global economy. I would further imagine that the existence of malice toward others characteristic of economic, social, political, religious, ethnic and racial injustices would be a close second. Now as much as we have just cast a wide net, something else I have observed, based on my work for over two decades as both an executive consultant within the business sector and psychoanalytical therapist, is that the majority of these abuses of position, as they present in their everyday forms within business, professional and political circles, are attributable to something far less sinister, albeit no less destructive. What I have been led to conclude is that managerial or leadership incompetence is a significant factor when it comes to such abuses within business, professional and political circles.
Power is that to which leadership necessarily defaults in the absence of being able to contain and process meaning with others and within oneself. In the absence of functional interpersonal [with others] processing and functional intrapsychic [internal] processing there can only be power. In the absence of functional processing and meaning there can only be the dynamics of imposition, will and power. We should add to this the alarming fact that many individuals, by way of promotion or other circumstances, eventually find themselves holding positions of authority that exceed their leadership/consciousness capabilities to function within meaning rather than power. Looking to current events, even after we allow for the normal restrictions of partisanship politics, does not the pure inanity of the debt ceiling fiasco provide us with more evidence of this point than we care to see? How could we not conclude that those holding positions of authority had exceeded their leadership/consciousness capabilities to function within meaning rather than power? With the stakes so high for the world’s foremost economy and by extension yet again the global economy, in light of the leadership/consciousness vacuum, is it any wonder that for the first time in the history of the United States action, in the form of the downgrading of the US credit rating, had to be taken by an outside party to contain the chaos, to contain that which was not being properly processed.
By way of power you corrupt; by way of power you are corrupted. By way of absolute power you absolutely corrupt; by way of absolute power you become absolutely corrupted.
TABACCO: I warned you that making Nancy Holliday President of both Boards was too much POWER for even an Archangel. Now Wyandanch will suffer just as it has for the past 2-years under the Direct & Indirect Leadership of Bishop Michael V. Talbert.
You have been warned, but nobody seems to listen – least of all the other 6 members of the Wyandanch B.O.E.
Wyandanch’s ?LEADERS? have done DUMBER THINGS. Wyandanch’s Citizens have done DUMB THINGS – staying home on Election Days for example! But this one ranks right up there with allowing Talbert to ?serve? on the B.O.E. on 3 separate occasions. You’ve made your bed; now lie in it!
Frank Lucas and Leroy ‘Nicky’ Barnes took care of their families too, Nancy!
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In 1981’s ‘Body Heat’, Kathleen Turner said, “Knowledge is power”.
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