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The Power Paradox: Episode 247 of the Action Catalyst Podcast (Part 1 of 2)

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct.

Show Highlights:

  • Enduring leadership is sustained by service. -Dacher Keltner
  • You’re only as good as the connections you have with the people you lead. -Dacher Keltner
  • “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -Lord John Dalberg-Acton
  • Great leadership requires emotional intelligence. -Dacher Keltner
  • When we feel impressed with our own power, it degrades our civility. -Christine Porath (paraphrased)

Dacher’s closing thoughts: There is moral hypocrisy. People in power at work are more likely to bill things to expense accounts that are inappropriate, but when called out on it, they’re going to say the rules don’t apply to them. They only apply to other people.

Next week, hear Dacher’s ideas for solutions to this corruption.

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

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