RePost: One Day When I’m | Indira Gandhi’s Father on Power, Privilege, and Kindness: Letters to His 10-Year-Old Daughter – Brain Pickings

I make no bones about the fact that I want to be CEO. When I saw this posting from Brain Pickings, I couldn’t have put it better. Power is a privilege, not a right. Recently, I’ve been watching movies that seem to have the theme of absolute power corrupts absolutely. The Wolf of Wall St. Dick and Jane. Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room.

Some people like a title and then proceed to use charm and a love of control to ruin the lives of so many people. Too often are we found making business decisions without truly remembering that people, employees and customers alike, will be affected personally.

Watching Patch Adams this weekend, I was reminded about “transference” – noted in the movie as patient-doctor relationships, and usually gathering scorn for it’s existence in the medical field, Patch proves that transference – in any relationship – should prevail.

Today, remember that whatever business you have, is personal business. It’s affecting someone’s well being and life. We know not the battles we each walk into the office with. We are not here to wield our power, but to use that power to grow the community in which we work.

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Above all, Nehru takes great care to show the little girl that power is not a right but a privilege, one that ought to be used wisely and benefit those whom it is designed to protect and serve rather than the selfish interests of those who hold it.

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