How to use it wisely and lead responsibly

  • What power is and what it isn't
  • Use power responsibly to achieve collective goals
  • Act with Confidence

In less than a year, the world has changed, and we are all struggling to adapt. As fear and uncertainty rise in society and in our workplaces, now more than ever, so does the need for strong leaders who are not afraid to use power.

In this session, Stanford Professor Deborah Gruenfeld and author of the new book, Acting with Power: Why We Are More Powerful Than We Believe, addresses how what we need from our leaders is changing, and how growing as a leader requires learning to show strength as well as compassion.  

Some of us crave a bigger role, some of us feel like imposters in our current ones. Deborah will show us how to be the best version of ourselves in any role, on any stage.

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Deborah Gruenfeld

Deborah Gruenfeld is social psychologist and a professor of organisational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the author of "Acting with Power: Why We Are More Powerful Than We Believe." Her work examines how people navigate social hierarchy and handle their own power and powerlessness in everyday life. Deborah earned a B.A. in psychology from Cornell University, and a PhD. in psychology from the University of Illinois. At Stanford, Deborah is the Joseph McDonald Professor of Organisational Behaviour and co-director of the Executive Programmes for Women Leaders, and for High Potential Women Leaders. She speaks often to groups of aspiring leaders at all stages of their careers in a wide range of organisational contexts.