Laws of power: keep your options open

A leader is as good as the different leadership tools that he can master. Variety and options for action are essential in a time where diversity is core to business and changes occur to a pace like never before.

Having freedom to choose between a wide range of leadership tools allows the leader to have an optimal approach to each situation and each individual.

Law 1: Never outshine the master

Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies

Law 3: Conceal your intentions

Law 4: Always say less than necessary.

Excerpt from “The 48 Laws of power” by Robert Greene

Some time ago, I was presented with the book “The 48 Laws Of Power” by Robert Greene. I was puzzled at the time on how can I use the benefits of exercising power and positions of power in my leadership model.

I consider myself as a diplomat and collaborative person and some ideas and stories in the book refer behaviors that challenge some of my core values. After reading some parts of the book, I realized that it was fundamental to learn the tools even if I decided later on not to use them.

The whole idea of have the options available give the leader more confidence to decide on an action and become faster and more able to influence.

Since reading the book, I have never limited any of my possibilities to act. For example, breaking or following rules should always be considered as two viable options, but in the end one has to decide according to its own set of values and style.

I’m glad that until today I have never had to really pull a card of power and always managed to achieve my goals through different ways, but I feel prepared to act if necessary at any moment.

Summary of the “48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene

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