Sir Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626) said “ipsa scientia potestas est” or “knowledge itself is power”. He may have been a famous philosopher, statesman, scientist and author, but I have to respectfully disagree!
I often ask people how safe is it for them to say what they really think in their workplace. For example, is it safe for them to say what they really, truly think in meetings or in discussions with their boss or with colleagues?
I've just been re-reading Jim Collin's book Good to Great (I often read a book 2-3 times - maybe I'm a slow learner but I seem to learn or see more the second or third time round!). Collins examines what takes a company from good to great – or more specifically identifies the leadership styles that contribute to the difference.