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Old 08-13-2010, 01:06 AM
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Does power in leadership corrupt a person over time?
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:49 AM
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Default Re: Does power corrupt a person?

Power or the quest for power can corrupt most people, just like money and the quest for money can corrupt most people. They are different faces of the same coin, usually one follows the other.

Corruption is the erosion of values, when you have power and/or money you are treated different.

Often a powerful person will enjoy the special way he is treated, grows to expect it, and then later demand it.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:22 PM
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I think so, I've seen it firsthand. I'll admit it's happened to me a couple of times.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:24 PM
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It can, doesn't mean it will.
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Default Re: Does power corrupt a person?

Those without power can become corrupt just like a person with power. I don't think power is what corrupts people I think the amount of power one has just measures the gravity of ones corrupt actions.
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Does power in leadership corrupt a person over time?
It all depends on the characteristics and traits of someone. A person can be a born leader and wouldn't abuse their power. Yet, a person with no leadership experience or even a person with no value for life would most likely become corrupt. It depends on the nature of the person with the power.
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It can, doesn't mean it will.
It, in general, gives people more opportunity to be corrupted than those without power. In essence, the question of whether or not power is a mechanism for corruption should be a yes. However, like all psychological phenomena, this still has a lot of variations in between. Therefore, while we can ascertain that power has at least the pull of corruption existing, whether or not it does is another matter altogether.
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I think the OP's post, asking if power "does" corrupt a person, implies that it "will" corrupt a person, so the answer would be no. But, I think everyone in this thread is in agreement about power not necessarily corrupting a person.
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Yes. That is all.
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It depends on how much, I believe. My parents have a saying: 'absolute power corrupts absolutely'.
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In Soviet Russia, the person corrupts the power.

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There is a direct correlation with power and corruption though. When you have power, you tend to want to abuse it, and when you abuse it you're basically using it to do unethical stuff, meaning that you have become corrupted. A person of good moral standing may be able to fight off the urge for some time, but not forever. Eventually he caves once, then realises that with the power, not only can he continue to do it, but also mask his actions, and then it starts snowballing.

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely." This much is true.
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There is a direct correlation with power and corruption though. When you have power, you tend to want to abuse it, and when you abuse it you're basically using it to do unethical stuff, meaning that you have become corrupted. A person of good moral standing may be able to fight off the urge for some time, but not forever. Eventually he caves once, then realises that with the power, not only can he continue to do it, but also mask his actions, and then it starts snowballing.

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely." This much is true.
In many ways this is true, and it is most common. But there are people, a minute percentage, who do not abuse power, no matter how badly they want to. Read the Ender's Game series, it is filled with the author's experiences, just tweaked up a bit.
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