What I Learned About Power Last Weekend

By Scott Eblin

May 15, 2012

This past weekend I traveled to Cambridge, Mass., for the 25th reunion of my graduating class at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. (Just writing that makes me feel old.) I had the good fortune of graduating in a year that was the 350th anniversary of Harvard and the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy School (and its predecessor, the School of Public Administration). So, this year, as all of you mathletes have figured out, marks the 375th and 75th anniversaries respectively.

 

That meant that there was a lot of other stuff going on in Cambridge besides class reunion parties. On Friday, for example, there was a Dean’s Conference with a lineup of really interesting speakers. They were all good, but the one who really stood out for me was Joseph Nye, the long-time Harvard professor who also served as assistant secretary of Defense and other positions over the years.

Nye spoke on the topic of his latest book, “The Future of Power.” While he was approaching the topic from the standpoint of international relations (lots on the dynamic between the U.S. and China), I think Nye’s views on the evolving nature of power have broader applications for leaders in different domains.

Here are three things I learned about power from Professor Nye last weekend and some thoughts about how you might apply them:

What have you learned lately about growing and exercising power?


By Scott Eblin

May 15, 2012

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