If your life is in, you are preoccupied with power. That applies whatever the stage of maturation of political institutions, and whatever the frame of reference of your ambitions. It is this preoccupation that sometimes leads to the mistaken view that politicians are stupid.
Every time personal power is exerted for political ends, someone is trying to make a difference to a social outcome by affecting what someone else does or gets. These myriad efforts make up the daily life of . It’s hard work, exciting at times, and not without dangers.
Few enter political arenas without some wish to make a difference in society, and the only way to make a difference is toin some form. Of course, others who want to make a different difference will respond with their pressure. A person can get hurt!
Winston Churchill (1874–1965)… "Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times."
If you choose toas a career or vocation, you have taken on a serious obligation. does not necessarily mean becoming a politician, but it does mean becoming a « » and working within the political arena. are relentless and all-consuming because any pause, any weakness, any restraint may (or often must) be taken advantage of by others.
R.A. Butler (1902–1982)… "In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves."
Groupings. Combining two adjacent Levels of to form Dyadic Groups reveals 6 . In these Dyads:provides the infrastructure for and for all higher
Note that power of a whole society. Exerting pressure (i.e. personal power) uses special instruments, all of which involve communicating so as to affect other political players and/or society-at-large.here is —it is not the
must be ready and willing to recognize and use all instruments. They should become adept at many of the 6 roles, because these define their distinctive work.
This is the work of a : The works to maintain their group’s power or to reposition it in the light of developing events and emerging opportunities. They use all opportunities to either keep quiet or speak out. The goal is to demonstrate the strength and value of the group and defend it against criticism, fair or unfair.
This is the work of a : The , whenever called upon or when judged necessary, presents a defensible position for the group and its actions or views, in regard to matters of importance or that are in the media spotlight.
This is the work of a : The ensures that decisions reached will be viable because agreements have been made with individuals and decision-makers of other groups that have the power to disrupt or block progress.
This is the work of an : The strives to influence in regard to their view of the welfare of part or all of society and what will best promote it.
This is the work of a : The is expected to give their own views on matters of public interest, but do so from relevant value-based perspectives that accord broadly with the values and interests of their constituency.
This is work of the : A person in this role identifies shameful failures of responsibility and imagination by either or both the government and wider society in regard to a person, group or community.
Originally posted: August-2009; Last updated: 5-July-2014