Stanford business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer looked at the research on power. Then he zeroed in on elements the powerful possess.
- Energy and physical stamina. High achievers are relentless, working 60-65 hours per week, or six 10-hour days.
- Focus. They stay on task and think ahead.
- Sensitivity to others. Empathy is essential. It means acknowledging others and pointing them toward your goals.
- Flexibility. The ability to pivot, to shift your approach when what you’re doing isn’t working, helps you acquire the allies and resources you need.
- Tolerance for conflict. This skill allows you to roll with the punches to accomplish what you want. And if you back down every time it looks like a fight is coming, you’re not going to win. Just letting people know you’re willing to fight pays off.
- Ego suppression. Keep your eye on the prize.
— Adapted from “What very successful people have in common,” Eric Barker, The Week.