In its most basic definition, power is the ability to get intended results. There are two essential spectrums of power that are valuable to understand. The first is personal and the second is institutional. In this article, we’ll take a look at both.
Power ebbs and flows. It exists both internally and externally, manifesting tangibly as well as intangibly. It is innately neutral. It is, in fact, necessary. The questions, indeed the challenges, come from how it is recognized, acknowledged and used. Power is a perception. It cannot exist without overt, or covert, agreements. When those agreements mutate or dissolve, the perception changes and power shifts.