Share
FacebookFacebook icon TwitterTwitter icon LinkedInLinkedIn icon Email

Management Cast

Business

The problem with power, IMD professor Jennifer Jordan

13 October 2022 in Management Cast

IMD Professor Jennifer Jordan describes the problems and pitfalls of power; and how the modern executive can avoid them...

Apple Google Spotify

The proverbial saying, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” suggests that as a person’s influence increases, their moral sense diminishes. But how does that square with today’s business world?

IMD Professor Jennifer Jordan says it’s more complex than that. Power is the engine that drives decision making, but it also acts as a magnifying glass, exacerbating positive or negative tendencies that are already there. 

Power can also be transformative – which, says Jordan, is something to look out for. In Episode 15 of ManagementCast, she describes the problems and pitfalls of power, and how the modern executive can avoid them.

Jennifer Jordan is a social psychologist and a digital transformation expert. Her work has appeared in numerous scientific journals and in 2019 she was named by Poets&Quants as one of the world’s leading business school professors under 40. Jordan’s research focuses on ethics and influence, and she has delivered custom programs and consultancy services for a wide range of companies, including Barilla, KONE, and Shell.

Listen to our new series

Learn Brain Circuits

Join us for daily exercises focusing on issues from team building to developing an actionable sustainability plan to personal development. Go on - they only take five minutes.
 
Read more 

Explore Leadership

What makes a great leader? Do you need charisma? How do you inspire your team? Our experts offer actionable insights through first-person narratives, behind-the-scenes interviews and The Help Desk.
 
Read more

Join Membership

Log in here to join in the conversation with the I by IMD community. Your subscription grants you access to the quarterly magazine plus daily articles, videos, podcasts and learning exercises.
 
Sign up

You have 4 of 5 articles left to read.