“Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political and economic change. … What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
Thanks to Marc Steinlin of IngeniousPeoplesKnowledge for pointing this quote out to me. When I work with groups or individuals on understanding who can drive change in their networks, I often feel that people shy away from the term “power” and much prefer talking about “influence” instead. I don’t mind what you call it (on the one hand), as long as we can talk about it… though (on the other hand) I feel that often it helps to call things by their proper names to be able to start an open dialog about things that really matter.