- Organizational psychologist Adam Grant went to the World Economic Forum in Davos last year to find out what the world’s most influential leaders had to say about power. His learnings have been compiled into an Audible original called “Power Moves.”
- Grant says leaders are often bad judges of character. He says, “the more senior you get in your career, the better you think you are at judging character,” but continues, “the more powerful you get, the worse you are at judging character because people are more motivated to try to impress you.”
- He says leaders often promote “takers” even though “givers” perform better in leadership positions.
- Grant says his research shows that introverts and extroverts are equally as effective as leaders. But he says introverts are better leaders with proactive teams where people are bringing a lot of ideas and taking initiative.
- Grant suggests that managers companies flip the traditional exit interview on it’s head. He says if you are asking these questions after someone has said they are leaving it is too late. Instead, conduct entry interviews when people start and find out what they want and how they see their career progressing.
- Grant’s favourite tip from his new Audible book “Power Moves” is a way to screen “givers” and “takers.” He says if you want to test someone’s integrity ask them about their coworkers’ behaviour. People will project their own motives and behaviour onto others. For example, if you want to know if an employee is stealing, ask them how common they think theft is within the company.
Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist, a Wharton professor, and the best-selling author of “Give and Take,” “Originals,” and “Option B.” At the World Economic Forum in Davos a year ago, Grant set out on a mission to find out what the world’s most influential leaders had to say about power. His learnings have been compiled into an Audible original called “Power Moves.”
Grant sat down with Business Insider editor-at-large Sara Silverstein at this year’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland to discuss how people get power, how they keep it, and what they do with it.