We’ve all heard the quote ” power tends to corrupt,and absolute power corrupts absolutely ” which basically means that a person’s sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. The statement was made by Lord Acton, a British historian of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
We have seen this proven true throughout time and history. From the beginnings of man to the Roman Empire to the rise of Adolf Hitler and beyond. We see it in our everyday lives. Its not just power hungry public figures or religious fanatics that succumb to the siren that is power. It happens to people of all walks of life, and all religions, and in a professional capacity as well. I’ll give you an example. Lets take a small business that has been owned by the same people for five years has no management other than the owner, who solved all problems and handled all employee issues. The owner hires a former employee who had not worked there for more years than the current owner has been there. this person comes in and ingratiates themselves to ownership, doing things covering extra shifts, signing for deliveries, whatever. Then, one day, out of the blue, about two years later the rest of the staff learns this person has been given a supervisory position, over people who have been there for five years or more. Then, employees who are used to handling negative situations with their co-workers are told they can no longer do that. They now have to go through the ” chain of command” which begins with the new supervisor. Basically, the owner of the business changed a system that worked for almost seven years to everyone’s satisfaction and completely scrapped it for a system that caters to the ego of the supervisor and will breed resentment from those below him or her. One has to wonder why? It makes absolutely no sense to do something like that unless the intent is to get rid of the employee that it affects the most. Eventually, the resentment is going to become too much for even the most mild mannered person to control, and when that happens, that is the end of that person’s employment because there is no way to go back.