About

Mission

Our mission is to inform and educate the public on leaders’ behavior in order to promote fair, transparent, and beneficial uses of power. Who uses power, and how, are essential questions at the core of democracy’s future. Power in the Public Eye aims to empower more people to take part in shaping that future.

Who We Are

Power in the Public Eye is a private, nonpartisan media and research center, founded in 2015, and devoted to the study of power in leadership. We are a group of academics, researchers, executive coaches, and leadership consultants whose work focuses on discovering and defining the behaviors that comprise the healthy and responsible use of power, and determining how those behaviors can be learned, taught, and developed.

What We Do

Power is the defining element of leadership. Yet using it responsibly requires skill. In fact, power is a game changer. Research shows that high power roles produce behavioral and psychological effects. Rising higher in the ranks not only comes with an outer change in circumstances, but an inner change in attitudes, perception and behavior. How leaders use their power and whether they can effectively manage the authority of their role is one of the most critical factors in the success of an organization, and in the well-being of a nation.

Misuse of power takes many forms: bullying, harassment, negligence, failure to intervene into conflict, corruption, fraud, and other malfeasance. And poor use of power has a high price tag, costing countries and organizations billions of dollars a year in lost revenue, voter apathy, lack of engagement at work, healthcare, employee turnovers, absences, and lost productivity.

While we can identify failures of leadership and abuse of power, do we know, and can we define, what healthy and effective use of power is? This website is part of a larger inquiry into the use of power in leadership, with the aim of greater education on how to use power well, not just for leaders, but for everyone who holds power in their hands.

Why Power Matters

Power dynamics and hierarchies exist in workplaces, politics, governance, and in every group of people, from friends to families, with and without formalized hierarchy or rank structures. In fact, the proliferation of digital and social media has transformed how the public accesses, considers, and uses power. Power is shifting from the hands of the few to the many.

Who uses power, and how, are essential questions at the core of democracy’s future. John Dewey, one of America’s foremost philosophers and champions of democracy wrote that the best way to develop constructive power is to exercise it. Power in the Public Eye aims to shed light on the use and misuse of power and by so doing, take part in the shaping of our democratic future.